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PM Abe Calls for Shift in Use of Military

In the Washington Post, Chico Harlan reports on the Prime Minister's call for a change in the role of Japan's military

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday in a nationally televised address that Japan should allow its military to come to the aid of allies under attack, a divisive step that has been banned since the aftermath of World War II and would require a reinterpretation of Japan's pacifist constitution. The reinterpretation still faces major legislative hurdles, but it would mark a drastic shift in the way Japan uses its military, known as the Self-Defense Forces. Abe said his government would seek to lift the ban on what is known as collective self-defense as a way to "strengthen deterrent force" in an increasingly volatile region.  Read the article

Last modified on Friday, May 16, 2014

Published in: Dispatches
Tag:: defense

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