For the first time since World War II, Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has made the decision to allow military forces to operate in Japan.
Abe said in a speech at an international security meeting in Singapore “Japan intends to play an even greater and more proactive role than it has until now in making peace in Asia and the world something more certain.”
When contacted by The Newsroom for comment the Japanese Embassy in Australia did not respond.
The development has seen approximately 10,000 people rally outside of the Prime Minister’s Tokyo office in a bid to keep their previously pacifist constitution in tact. The rally has also been seen to bring about dramatic action, after a middle-age man set himself on fire in protest. – Taylor Yates
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