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Japan, Philippines Reaffirm Defense Ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to boost his country's military role abroad has received an endorsement from the Philippines.   The statement of support was delivered Tuesday at a meeting in Tokyo between Abe and Philippines President Benigno Aquino.   The meeting was seen as an expression of solidarity between Manila and Tokyo, which are both involved in territorial disputes with China.   Aquino said he welcomes a change to Japan's constitution if...

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