New era for Japan: allowing overseas combat role for military

It’s Japan’s most assertive military stance in decades. If necessary, Japan could also go nuclear within three months and only needs to snap together components already being made. Those in Japan that remember history are likely now thankful towards Mr. Kishi as China shows it isn’t rising peacefully, but wants to subjugate Asia.

 

Lawmakers passed bills Saturday that significantly shift defense policy. But debates over Prime Minister Abe’s ‘jackhammer’ approach are not over. 

Japanese awoke Saturday to the news that their nation had undergone its most significant shift in defense policy since the revision of the Japan-US Security Treaty in 1960.

In the very early hours of the morning, security bills that reinterpret the pacifist Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution – and that allow its military to engage in fighting abroad even if Japan is not attacked – had finally passed. Continue reading

Japan Moves to Allow Military Combat for First Time in 70 Years

TOKYO — Defying broad public opposition and large demonstrations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a crucial vote in Parliament on Thursday for legislation that would give Japan’s military limited powers to fight in foreign conflicts for the first time since World War II.

Mr. Abe’s party and its allies in the lower house of Parliament approved the package of 11 security-related bills after opposition lawmakers walked out in protest and as demonstrators chanted noisily outside, despite a gathering typhoon. The upper chamber, which Mr. Abe’s coalition also controls, is all but certain to endorse the legislation as well.

The vote was the culmination of months of contentious debate in a society that has long embraced pacifism to atone for wartime aggression. It was a significant victory for Mr. Abe, a conservative politician who has devoted his career to moving Japan beyond guilt over its militarist past and toward his vision of a “normal country” with a larger role in global affairs. Continue reading