U.S., Japan move toward broadening their defense alliance
The United States and Japan agreed to broaden their security alliance when their foreign and defense ministers met in Tokyo on Thursday.
Following the two-plus-two meeting, the ministers issued a joint statement, calling for the construction of a new missile defense radar system in Japan and the deployment of U.S. drone aircraft.
In particular, the agreement supports the exercise of Japan's right to collective self-defense which allows Japan to launch a counterattack if an ally is attacked.
This conflicts with Article 9 of Japan's Constitution and the two nations agreed to complete drawing up a new defense guideline in 2014, which is expected to include the re-interpretation of Japan's Constitution.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida also told his U.S. counterparts that Japan has done its best to address historical issues with Korea.
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