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Panel: Japan should lift ban on collective defense
Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2014 11:38 PM EST | Mari Yamaguchi

Posted on 02/05/2014 12:32:57 AM PST by Olog-hai

A government panel will urge Japan to allow its military to help allies that come under attack, in a major reversal of the country’s ban on collective defense under its pacifist constitution. […]

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants Japan to play a greater role in international peacekeeping and step up its defense posture, mainly because of potential military threats that Japan sees from China and North Korea. As China’s influence rises and that of the United States fades in the region, Japan is trying to expand its defense alliance outside of its “cornerstone” ties with Washington and has signed defense agreements with several other countries, including Britain and Australia. …

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: collectivedefense; obama; redchina; shinzoabe

1 posted on 02/05/2014 12:32:57 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Can’t depend on U.S. anymore. Time to hoist the Rising Sun.


2 posted on 02/05/2014 1:20:09 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Olog-hai

I think we should give Japan the opportunity to be a player in world peace and allow them control over changing their constitution

In the emerging China aggression we are going to need more players who can act in alliance with Aipac, NATO and the US to mitigate their threat.

We shouldn’t be the forklift and the battering ram for everything .

Let other countries play a more independent role over controlling the so called China Sea.


3 posted on 02/05/2014 1:21:10 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

That’s what Obama wants. The result will be international destabilization and waning of US power, neither of which benefit the USA.


4 posted on 02/05/2014 1:42:37 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Allow them to join NATO.

Honestly, we spend more money on our armed forces, as a % of GAP, than any other country.

It’s time they start writing checks.


5 posted on 02/05/2014 1:55:30 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

They will “write checks” to their own benefit, not ours. Honestly.


6 posted on 02/05/2014 2:13:36 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Oh great.

Folks get all riled up at Holocaust deniers. They should get twice as worked up at the Japanese who refuse to acknowledge their war crimes.

We do no need a militaristic Japan “helping” anyone. They should be thanking God they still have an island to live on.


7 posted on 02/05/2014 6:15:16 AM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Vendome

“It’s time they start writing checks.”

I believe Japan (like Germany) underwrites our presence in their country.


8 posted on 02/05/2014 3:35:29 PM PST by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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