PM Abe's party eyes revision of Japan pacifist constitution by late 2018

April 27, 2015 7:43 AM

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PM Abe's party eyes revision of Japan pacifist constitution by late 2018

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party wants to revise Japan's constitution by late 2018 to remove constraints on his defense strategy, a key party lawmaker said, an ambitious target since the charter has not been changed since Americans drafted it after World War Two.

Abe has already stretched the post-war pacifist constitution with a dramatic shift in security policy that ends a ban on Japan's military fighting overseas.

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