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May 30, 2017: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and then-Defense Minister Tomomi Inada (L) attend a ceremony in Tokyo honoring the Self-Defense Forces (source: dpa)

Japan’s defense: easing the constitutional corset

As China emerges as East Asia’s dominant power and the unpredictable North Korean regime acquires offensive nuclear capability, nearby Japan is taking further steps to relax its constitutional ban on maintaining armed forces. Amending the constitution may not yet be in the cards, but beefing up the country’s arms industry has already started.

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