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Abe says restrictions on collective defense to remain despite proposed change in Article 9

  • January 31, 2018
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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All national dailies except Nikkei highlighted remarks made at the Diet on Tuesday by Prime Minister Abe, who stressed that it would be impossible for Japan to exercise its right to collective defense fully even if Article 9 of the Constitution were revised to make the existence of the SDF explicit as he has proposed. He explained that the SDF would be able to enter collective defense arrangements with the militaries of the U.S. and other key partners only within the scope of the comprehensive security laws. The articles speculated that the premier may have been trying to deflect the opposition bloc’s insistence that by amending the war-renouncing provision, he is aiming to allow the nation to exercise collective defense without restrictions.

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