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Japan approves draft bills that would allow its military to fight abroad for the first time since World War II

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet have approved a set of draft bills to revise the country's national security legislation. The changes include allowing the country to exercise its right to collective self-defense.

Abe and the other cabinet ministers met on Thursday afternoon to approve the draft bills.

Abe plans to hold a news conference later in the day to explain the decision.

The draft bills consist of one to support international peace and the other to develop peace and security legislation.

The bills will allow Japan to mobilize the country's Self-Defense Forces when exercising the right to collective self-defense.

The use of the right will apply to situations when armed attacks take place against countries that have close ties with Japan and those attacks also threaten Japan's survival, and pose a clear danger of overturning the rights of its citizens fundamentally.

The bills will also make clear that Japan will set no geographical constraints in providing logistical support to US and other foreign troops under a situation that has a major impact on Japan's peace and security.

A revision will be also made on the country's logistical support to foreign troops operating for the peace and stability of the international community.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150514_34.html

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NHK deleted the article, link above directs to 404 page.

Security bills sent to Diet

Japan's government on Friday submitted to the Diet a set of bills to revise the country's national security legislation. The changes include allowing Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense.

The bills were approved by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday after being endorsed by a panel of the ruling coalition.

The proposed legislation comprises 2 bills. One concerns a new permanent law to allow the provision of logistic support for foreign militaries in order to help keep international peace. The other consists of revisions to 10 existing laws.

The ruling bloc wants to set up a special committee in the Lower House for intensive deliberation and to start debate in a plenary session as early as Thursday of next week. The ruling camp is aiming to enact the bills during the current Diet session, which ends on June 24th, even if it requires extending the session.

The opposition parties differ on the security legislation including Japan's exercising its right to collective self-defense. But they generally share the view that thorough debate is necessary as the bills concern national security.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150515_09.html

 

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The rising sun is rising again, this is not a good development.  We don't have enough carriers in the Pacific.

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