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Japan Reinterprets Constitution to Allow 'Collective Self-Defense'

Japan is set to ease restrictions on its military, in a historic move away from Tokyo's pacifist post-World War II policies. Lawmakers on Tuesday approved a reinterpretation of Article 9 of Japan's U.S.-drafted constitution, which renounces war. Thousands of protesters gathered outside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office to show their opposition to the move. Sixty-seven year-old Toshio Ban was among the protesters. "For 70 years, Japan has kept peace with its...

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