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Japan's ruling coalition divided on constitutional amendment

Junior partner Komeito skirts the debate in new campaign platform

| Japan

TOKYO -- Komeito, the junior partner of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, has avoided taking a clear position on amending the constitution in its campaign platform for the upcoming race for the Diet's lower house.

In its platform published Thursday, Komeito promised free private high school for families earning less than 5.9 million yen ($52,300) a year and free care for children up to the age of 5 by 2019. It also pledged to introduce tax relief on daily necessities at the same time as a consumption tax hike currently slated for October 2019.

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