Sunday, July 6, 2014

Japan Announces a Military Shift to Thwart China

The New York Times
By MARTIN FACKLER and DAVID E. SANGER JULY 1, 2014

Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, had sought broader leeway for his nation’s military. CreditYuyaShino/Reuters 
TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister announced a reinterpretation of the country’s pacifist Constitution on Tuesday, freeing its military for the first time in over 60 years to play a more assertive role in the increasingly tense region.

The decision by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will permit Japan to use its large and technologically advanced armed forces in ways that would have been unthinkable even a decade ago when they were limited to defending the country. The revision will allow the military to come to the aid of friendly countries under attack, including the United States.


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