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Abe's push to amend Japan's Constitution faces uncertain future after Upper House vote


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s long-held goal of amending Japan’s Constitution by 2020 appeared in tatters Monday, after the ruling coalition and pro-revision parties failed to capture the two-thirds supermajority needed to move the revision forward in the Upper House election held the previous day.



long-held goal  :長年の願望 ゴール
in tatters :ボロボロになった状態 ※ここでは窮地に立たされたと訳した。
the ruling coalition:政権支配している団体 ※与党の事
pro-revision parties:改憲派の政党
failed to :失敗する
capture :捉える
two-thirds :3分の2
supermajority: 圧倒的多数
forward :前へ
previous  day:前の日 


With the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, along with pro-revision Nippon Ishin no Kai, securing only 157 of the 164-seat two-thirds supermajority needed to set in motion a national referendum on the issue, Abe had little choice but to extend an olive branch Monday in the hope of finding allies in other parties.



motion  :動き
referendum :国民投票
issue :議題 案件
olive branch:和解


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