Japan expands scope for military action: PM Abe
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 peopleâ€™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."