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Abe to create new ministerial post following decision to allow collective self-defense

Updated: 2014-07-07 21:58:38 KST
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has started to take follow-up steps after his decision to reinterpret the country's pacifist Constitution to legally permit Japan to engage in collective self-defense.
Speaking to reporters Sunday, Abe said he plans to create a new ministerial post which will be in charge of national security legislation to broaden the scope of the Self-Defense Forces' activities.
Abe said he would name the minister, who will be a person well-versed in security issues to prepare for the large-scale legal revisions, during a planned cabinet reshuffle in early September.
However, Abe is facing a number of problems.
First, his cabinet's approval rating slipped below 48 percent after its decision last week.
In polls conducted by Japan's media outlets, Abe's own approval rating stood at 47.8 percent in early July, down from 57 percent in June.
It's the first time his rating has slipped below 50 percent since December.
In addition, a lawsuit over the Cabinet's decision is expected to be filed by a mayor in Mie Prefecture.
Matsusaka Mayor Mitsushige Yamanaka says the move is unconstitutional.
He has vowed to call on lawmakers, the heads of other municipalities and the general public to join his initiative to promote pacifism.
Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.


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bartektodde (USA) 2014-07-07    

The U.S. is suppose to provide Japan with defense. Why does Japan wants to engage in collective self defense and why does Japan have a self defense force (SDF)?