July 2, 2014

Understanding Japan's Military Shift

John Swenson-Wright, BBC News

The Associated Press

The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a major new interpretation of the security provisions of the country's 1947 constitution, permitting its Self Defence Forces (SDF) to participate for the first time in collective self-defence related activities.

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