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Japan PM says to change post-war constitution

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Hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers Thursday he intends to change the post-WWII constitution that imposed pacifism on Japan, in a move likely to stir suspicion in China and beyond. 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the National Diet in Tokyo on January 31, 2013. Abe has told parliament he intends to change the country's post-World War II constitution, lowering the bar for further amendments.

Abe, who thundered to general election victory in December, has long harboured ambitions to re-write a document critics say hampers effective self defence, but supporters say is a bulwark against the militarism that blighted Asia last century.

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