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Japan's Abe ready to go for broke on constitutional changes

Like it or not, the prime minister seems to have a clear timetable in mind

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a conference on Japan's constitution in Tokyo on May 1, as one of his predecessors, Yasuhiro Nakasone, listens.

TOKYO -- After years of biding his time, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is poised to make a serious attempt at revising the country's constitution. 

The changes he envisions would bestow constitutional recognition on the Self-Defense Forces, as well as enshrine tuition-free higher education. And he has made it clear: He wants the job done by 2020.

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