In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 photo, Japan's Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the party headquarters in Tokyo Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, a day after his conservative party's landslide victory over the ruling Democratic Party of Japan in parliamentary elections. Japan's military is kept on a very short leash under a war-renouncing constitution written by U.S. officials whose main concern was keeping Japan from rearming soon after World War II. But if Japan's soon-to-be prime minister Abe has his way, the status quo may be in for some change. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 photo, Japan's Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the party headquarters in Tokyo Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, a day after his conservative party's landslide victory over the ruling Democratic Party of Japan in parliamentary elections. Japan's military is kept on a very short leash under a war-renouncing constitution written by U.S. officials whose main concern was keeping Japan from rearming soon after World War II. But if Japan's soon-to-be prime minister Abe has his way, the status quo may be in for some change. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 photo, Japan's Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the party headquarters in Tokyo Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, a day after his conservative party's landslide victory over the ruling Democratic Party of Japan in parliamentary elections. Japan's military is kept on a very short leash under a war-renouncing constitution written by U.S. officials whose main concern was keeping Japan from rearming soon after World War II. But if Japan's soon-to-be prime minister Abe has his way, the status quo may be in for some change. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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