Japan Cabinet to Endorse Bills Allowing Greater Defense Role

Peace and Freedom



The Associated Press

Japan’s Cabinet is set to endorse a set of defense bills allowing the country’s military to go beyond its self-defense stance and play a greater role internationally, a plan that has split public opinion.

Hundreds of citizens rallied outside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office Thursday, calling the bills “war legislation” that turn Japan toward militarism. They say the move would tarnish nearly 70 years of efforts by Japan to regain international trust and identity as a pacifist nation.

After its defeat in World War II, Japan renounced war under the U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution that bans the use of force as a means of settling international disputes.

Abe and his government say that leaves Japan vulnerable amid increasingly assertive China’s presence in the region, adding Japan should be better prepared to defend itself while doing more to help out in international peacekeeping efforts.


View original post 290 woorden meer


Geef een reactie

Vul je gegevens in of klik op een icoon om in te loggen.

WordPress.com logo

Je reageert onder je WordPress.com account. Log uit /  Bijwerken )

Google+ photo

Je reageert onder je Google+ account. Log uit /  Bijwerken )


Je reageert onder je Twitter account. Log uit /  Bijwerken )

Facebook foto

Je reageert onder je Facebook account. Log uit /  Bijwerken )


Verbinden met %s