Japan adds military muscle to defend its regional allies and neighbours

A change to Japan’s constitution gives it the ability to take part in armed conflict (photo: dpa)
A change to Japan’s constitution gives it the ability to take part in armed conflict (photo: dpa)

A change to Japan’s constitution, giving it the ability to take part in armed conflict, could change the region’s geopolitics through building bilateral alliances. This more aggressive foreign and defence policy approach is likely to have the backing of the US - Japan’s main ally. It can also be seen in conjunction with a number of treaties and alliances Japan is making with its neighbours to counteract China’s growing regional threat and influence.

JAPAN’S armed forces will soon be able to take part in armed conflicts abroad for the first time since the Second World War.

The change to the constitution was made by Japan’s Cabinet in June 2014 and paves the way for the Japa...

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