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Japan's LDP struggles for consensus on amending constitution

Ruling party faces rifts over revising war-renouncing Article 9

Yasuoka Okiharu, head of the Liberal Democratic Party's constitutional reform headquarters, speaks Sept. 12 at a meeting of the party's leaders.

TOKYO -- Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has resumed talks on amending the constitution's war-renouncing Article 9, aiming to submit a proposal to parliament this fall, but opinions remain sharply divided within the party and beyond.

Discussions were suspended briefly due to a cabinet and party leadership reshuffle in August. But the new LDP leaders met here Tuesday to restart the dialogue.

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