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Abe vows constitutional reforms ahead of LDP leadership vote

Challenger Ishiba calls for changes to economic policy, citing growth of underclass

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at LDP headquarters in Tokyo on Sept. 10. (Photo by Wataru Ito)

TOKYO -- As the campaign to choose the leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party officially began Monday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe focused on his economic track record and vowed to revise the country's postwar pacifist constitution.

His challenger, former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, highlighted wage stagnation and stubborn poverty in Japan, calling for changes in the government's economic policies.

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