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Upcoming Japan poll may open door to constitutional change

Pro-revision bloc heading for supermajority in lower house

| Japan

TOKYO -- More than two-thirds of lawmakers in Japan's next lower house could favor revising the country's constitution, polling by The Nikkei shows.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the conservative opposition Japan Innovation Party and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's Kibo no To, or Party of Hope, have all included altering the constitution in their platforms for the Oct. 22 election. While Komeito, the LDP's junior coalition partner, would like to keep current provisions as they are, the party is amenable to adding new text to the charter.

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