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Why Japan shouldn't rush into a constitutional referendum

The Diet parliamentary building in Tokyo

TOKYO -- The tug of war between those who would revise Japan's constitution and those who resist altering the document is entering a new phase.

The governing coalition's victory in Sunday's upper house election means it now has a two-thirds supermajority in both chambers of the Diet, or parliament. As a result, the ruling camp has the votes to propose a national referendum on constitutional changes. The public -- which hears the word kempo, or constitution, bandied about a lot but may be less familiar with the document's history and intricacies -- needs to know what to make of it all.

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