Japan expands scope for military action: PM Abe

Breaking News July 01, 2014 00:00

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TOKYO - Japan on Tuesday loosened restrictions on its powerful military, allowing it to go into battle in defence of allies, in a major and highly controversial shift from the nation's pacifist stance.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a press conference: "No matter what the circumstances, I will protect Japanese people's lives and peaceful existence. As the prime minister, I have this grave responsibility. With this determination, the cabinet approved the basic policy for national security."

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