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Japanese split down the middle on constitutional change: poll

Postwar charter remains untouched while public sentiment shifts

Japan's postwar constitution was endorsed by Emperor Hirohito and the government at the time with their signatures and the Imperial seal.

TOKYO -- The divide between Japanese who favor revising the postwar constitution and those who want to keep it unchanged has narrowed to just 1 percentage point, finds a new Nikkei Inc./TV Tokyo survey taken ahead of the 70th anniversary of the charter's enactment.

Forty-six percent of respondents said they liked the constitution as it is, down 4 percentage points from the April 2016 poll, while the pro-change camp increased by 5 points to 45%.

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