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Japan Cabinet Endorses Bills to Allow Greater Defense Role

Japan's Cabinet endorsed a set of defense bills Thursday that would allow the country's military to go beyond its self-defense stance and play a greater role internationally, a plan that has split public opinion. Hundreds of citizens rallied outside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office, calling the bills “war legislation” that turn Japan toward militarism. They say the move would tarnish nearly 70 years of efforts by Japan to regain international trust and identity as a pacifist...

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