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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Tuesday to launch full-fledged Diet discussions on constitutional amendment.

He was speaking after visiting the grave of his father, Shintaro Abe, who served as foreign minister during his political career.

“I reported (to my father) that now is the time to start Diet discussions on the Constitution in earnest,” Abe told reporters after visiting the grave in Nagato, part of his constituency in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Abe said he also reported the result of last month’s Upper House election, in which his ruling coalition won a majority of seats.

“I’ve renewed my determination to meet the expectation of the public,” he said.

Abe arrived in Yamaguchi on Monday. He also visited the grave of his grandfather, former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, and attended a memorial service to mark the 33rd anniversary of Kishi’s death.

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