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Japan election

Ukraine war puts Japan's pacifist constitution in election spotlight

PM Kishida calls reform 'urgent' while expert warns of ripple effects in Asia

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reviews Self-Defense Forces troops at Camp Asaka in Tokyo last November.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Debate over whether to revise Japan's pacifist constitution is heating up as the country heads toward this Sunday's upper house election -- the first national vote since Russia upended the global security landscape by invading Ukraine.

Parties that support changing the document are likely to cross the seat threshold needed to officially initiate the discussion, according to Nikkei's latest polling, including pro-reform opposition groups.

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