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Article 9 obstacle to Japan-U.S. alliance, Armitage says|
Thursday, July 22, 2004 at 16:23 JST
WASHINGTON — U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told a Japanese lawmaker Wednesday that the war-renouncing Article 9 of Japan's Constitution is becoming an obstacle to strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance.
Armitage indicated Japan must revise the Constitution and play a greater military role for international peace if it wants to become a permanent U.N. Security Council member, Hidenao Nakagawa, chairman of the Diet Affairs Committee of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party, told reporters after meeting with Armitage.
Japan's top government spokesman Hiroyuki Hosoda declined to comment Thursday on Armitage's statement
"I would like to refrain from making any comment before looking into the details," the chief Cabinet secretary told a news conference. (Kyodo News)