Failing to change Japan’s constitution will be Abe’s greatest regret

Despite spending seven years and eight months in office – a record for a Japanese prime minister – Shinzo Abe did not achieve everything that he set out to do. His flagship “Abenomics” economic reforms ran out of steam and Tokyo remains at loggerheads with all its immediate neighbours over territorial issues. But Mr Abe’s biggest regret, analysts agree, will be his failure to revise a constitution that nationalists here believe was imposed on a defeated Japan by the vengeful…

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