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Abe floats hawkish plan

Updated: 2014-01-25 08:09
By Zhang Yunbi in Beijing and Cai Hong in Tokyo ( China Daily)

Japan's top leader makes first public statement aiming at lifting nation's military restriction

On the first day of the annual regular session of the Japanese parliament, hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe publicly proposed to change the government's constitutional interpretation that now restrains Japanese armed forces from assisting allies in combat overseas.

This is his first public statement about modifying the constitutional interpretation at the parliament since he retook office in 2012, aiming to lift the country's self-imposed ban on exercising the right of collective self-defense.

Abe floats hawkish plan