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Ultraconservative lobby backs Japan PM charter change drive

TOKYO (AP) -- An influential Japanese political lobby says it will do its utmost to capitalize on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's election victory to push for a constitutional revision for a more active military role.

Tadae Takubo, chairman of Nippon Kaigi, said Wednesday that the war-renouncing constitution that makes Japan's defense ``defective'' needs to be corrected.

Abe's election gains in the upper house over the weekend mean his party can now cobble together the crucial two-thirds majority in both houses it needs to propose a revision and put it to a referendum.

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