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Abe's constitution revision plan sends ripples through capital

Ruling and opposition party lawmakers scrambling to respond

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveils his plan to change Article 9 of the constitution in a video message Wednesday.

TOKYO -- From the conservative ruling party to the opposition, Japan's political leaders are grappling with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's surprise calls to have a revised charter take effect in 2020.

Many legislators of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party worry about how Abe's ambitious announcement will affect discussions at the upper and lower house commissions on the constitution. Deliberation in these Diet bodies is a crucial step toward initiating the constitutionally required motion to revise Japan's charter.

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