As Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) gears up for this summer’s Upper House election, its relationship with New Komeito, especially over constitutional revision, has come under increased pressure.

Last week, Nippon Ishin unveiled its basic policy outline for the campaign. At the top of the list was revision of Article 96 of the Constitution, which requires constitutional amendments be passed by a two-thirds majority in both Diet chambers.

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