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Japan’s ruling bloc headed for win: poll

SHIFTING FOCUS:Some critics said that the Japanese prime minister might further emphasize his conservative agenda, in an attempt to recast Japan’s wartime history

Reuters, TOKYO

The LDP first wants to revise the US-drafted charter to allow changes to be brought to a public referendum after approval by a majority of both houses of parliament, rather than the two-thirds now required under the document’s Article 96.

The New Komeito is wary about changes.

“Even if they had a two-thirds majority, they can’t do whatever they feel like on the constitution,” Chuo University’s Reed said. “Even to revise Article 96, they will have to negotiate. It won’t be a simple slam-dunk.”

The surveys by the Asahi, Mainichi, Nikkei and Yomiuri newspapers and Kyodo news agency showed that 20 percent to 50 percent of voters were undecided.

Turnout is expected to be low.

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