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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once again underlined the necessity of reinterpreting the war-renouncing Constitution to allow Japan to engage in collective self-defense during a debate Wednesday, while the main opposition leader failed to capitalize on the opportunity to attack Abe and roll back his influence within the ruling LDP-led coalition.

In the 45-minute debate, Abe reiterated his belief that Self-Defense Forces should engage in peacekeeping missions such as mine-sweeping in the Strait of Hormuz in order to protect national interests, even if such action costs SDF lives.

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