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Constitutional reform talks in Japan slide to 2019

Opposition parties balk at convening a key panel

Opposition lawmakers sat out a meeting of Japan's lower-house constitutional commission last week. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)
Opposition lawmakers sat out a meeting of Japan's lower house constitutional commission last week. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party looks certain to miss the last chance this year to start debate on revising the country's constitution as opposition parties refuse to get on board.

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