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Japan’s Abe Resumes Constitution Quest to Burnish Legacy

  • Premier set to make a run at amending pacifist clause
  • Push to change U.S.-imposed postwar constitution splits voters
Shinzo Abe
Shinzo AbePhotographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces almost insurmountable obstacles to completing his career-long quest to amend Japan’s pacifist constitution. That won’t stop him from trying.

The premier opened a new session of parliament on Monday with a fresh call to revise the country’s U.S.-imposed postwar constitution. Abe has raised the issue at almost every public speaking opportunity since the new year, saying he wants to make full use of what he expects will be his final 20 months in office.