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The Social Democratic Party declared Saturday at its party convention that the existence of the Self-Defense Forces violates the pacifist Constitution, reversing a 12-year-old stance on the legality of the SDF.

“We aim to reduce the scale of the (forces), which are apparently unconstitutional, to reassign them to the duties of border security, disaster relief and international cooperation so we can have an unarmed Japan,” the declaration said.

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