FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2012 file photo, activists step on Japanese Rising Sun Flags during a protest against the arrest of the Hong Kong activists who landed on the disputed islands, Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese in East China Sea, outside the Japanese Consulate General in Hong Kong. A convincing victory of the July 21 upper house election could embolden Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) 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. Under the campaign slogan "Recover Japan," Abe's LDP vows to make Japan a muscular, gentle and proud country. It promises a strong economy, strategic diplomacy and unshakable national security under the Japan-U.S.
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