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65% favor revising Japan's Constitution: Mainichi poll+
[March 05, 2006]

65% favor revising Japan's Constitution: Mainichi poll+

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)TOKYO, March 5_(Kyodo) _ Two-thirds of respondents in a Mainichi Shimbun opinion poll said they support constitutional revision, the major daily reported Sunday.

While the support rate stayed at around 60 percent in the previous three Mainichi polls since April 2004, it reached a record 65 percent in the latest telephone survey conducted Feb. 10 and 11, to which 1,115 eligible voters responded nationwide, according to the daily.

A total of 27 percent of the respondents said they do not support revising the Constitution, the daily said.

Of those favoring revision, 53 percent said the Constitution does not fit the times, while 18 percent responded that it has not yet been revised. Thirteen percent said they see a gap between the war-renouncing Article 9 and the current activities of the Self-Defense Forces.

Among those opposed to revision, 54 percent said they do not want Article 9 to be revised, according to Mainichi.

Overall, 80 percent said the Constitution has contributed to keeping peace and improving people's lives since the end of World War II, the paper said.

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