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With a Diet session to start on Oct. 4, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to place less conservative members of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in key party and parliamentary posts related to amending the Constitution in the hope of luring opposition parties into talks on the issue.

A focal point of the upcoming session of the Diet session is whether talks aimed at revising the post-World War II pacifist Article 9 of the Constitution — a long-standing political goal of Abe — can be kick-started.

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