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Opposition leader Abe seeks greater military role for Japan

Conservatives in Japan are pushing for revisions to the constitutional ban on maintaining military forces, a ban they say has weakened traditional values

By Linda Sieg  /  Reuters, TOKYO

Whether Japan’s unstable political scene will allow Abe to stay in power long enough to achieve his goal is far from clear.

Japan has already had six prime ministers since 2006. All have seen their public ratings sink in a matter of months.

Abe could suffer the same fate.

“If the past is prologue, it [the decline in ratings] will be a pretty steep slope,” Samuels said.

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