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Japan opens Pandora's box

( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-07-02 07:54:09

BY LIFTING THE "BAN ON COLLECTIVE SELF-DEFENSE" and nullifying the long-standing "exclusively defense-oriented policy", Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet has effectively gutted the war-renouncing Article 9 of Japan's postwar Constitution.

This is a huge political victory for the adventurous Abe and his right-leaning Liberal Democratic Party.

Without the hassle of amending the Constitution, which requires majority approval in a public referendum following Diet endorsement by two-thirds or more of the lawmakers in each chamber, they have bypassed and reinterpreted it.

Japan opens Pandora's box

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