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Japan Passes Bill Lifting Military Restrictions

Japan’s Upper House of Parliament passed security measures early Saturday that ease some restrictions placed upon the military by the country’s post-World War II pacifist constitution. But it has been a more contentious legislative battle than Prime Minister Shinzo Abe likely expected.   Pacifist opponents of the changes succeeded in turning public opinion against the measures, in part by organizing mass demonstrations across the country.   One recent poll showed 54...

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