FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2012 file photo, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) escort ship Kurama, left, leads other vessels during a fleet review in waters off Sagami, south of Tokyo. A ... more 
FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2012 file photo, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) escort ship Kurama, left, leads other vessels during a fleet review in waters off Sagami, south of Tokyo. A convincing victory of the July 21 upper house election could embolden Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his staunch backers within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to push their nationalist agenda, including laying the groundwork for revising Japan’s pacifist constitution, promoting traditional family values and making changes to the education system to instill more patriotism in students. Abe has called the current history curriculum “self-abusive” and too apologetic to Asian neighbors over Japan’s wartime actions. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Itsuo Inouye
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