Japan ruling parties agree to plan to drop ban on collective self-defense: lawmakerUpdated: 2014-07-01 06:27:31 (KST)
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A historic shift is expected is taking place in Japan today.
Despite strong opposition inside the country, the Abe administration is shifting its more than six-decade-long pacifist policy to that of collective self-defense which essentially paves the way for Tokyo to come to the military aid of an ally under attack.
Speaking to reporters earlier today, a ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker said the country's ruling parties have agreed to a government proposal to end a ban that has kept the military from fighting overseas since the Second World War.
The change, expected to be adopted in a cabinet resolution later today, will significantly widen Tokyo's military options.
Opponents say the reinterpretation will kill Japan's long-standing pacifist constitution.
The move is also setting off alarm bells in Seoul and Beijing who both share a mutual mistrust of Tokyo's past military aggression.
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