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Abe takes license with interpretation of Constitution

By Tom Clifford ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-07-02 07:51:19

For the economy he has arrows, for foreign policy he wants missiles, and for the Constitution, well, has just driven a tank over it. Either that or Shinzo Abe has a way with words that suggests imaginative writing rather than politics should be his calling.

Policies are often presented in poetry, and government is normally conducted in the less-idealistic manner of prose. But Abe's skills at reinterpretation require a linguistic flexibility that normally falls under the category of fiction.

Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution is written in a language that is crisp and clear and seems, at first glance, not to require any reinterpretation as the official English translation of the article shows.

Abe takes license with interpretation of Constitution

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