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Abe stepping up military agenda

Updated: 2013-12-30 07:16
By Zhang Yunbi ( China Daily)

Leading security adviser touts the right to 'collective self-defense' and joint sea patrols

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pressing ahead with his long-time goal of removing constitutional restrictions on a military buildup, despite worldwide criticism over his visit last week to the Yasukuni Shrine for the war dead, analysts said.

The steps Abe will take may include allowing Japanese armed forces to join other countries in patrolling maritime routes on the high seas - a move currently unconstitutional - and engaging US help to eliminate procedural obstacles to rewriting Japan's pacifist Constitution, according to Tokyo's policy insiders.

Abe stepping up military agenda