Abe: Japan Must Be Allowed to Defend Allies


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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated Japan’s need to step away from its pacifist past, when opening the Japanese Parliament’s new session on Tuesday.

“We must act now in order to protect peace into the future,” he said.

The Japanese leader is seeking to broaden the military’s powers under the country’s war-renouncing constitution and has proposed that Japanese forces be permitted to fight when Tokyo’s allies are attacked — not merely when Japan is attacked.

As well as new security measures — which include the establishment of a security council and a defense command center plus an expanded role in peacekeeping operations — Abe hopes to pass a bill protecting state secrets. The latter has received criticism for infringing upon constitutional freedoms.

[Economic Times]

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“Government shutdown, day 14: Where does it go from here?”


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By Tim Curry, National Affairs Writer, NBC News

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from ...

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader of the United States Senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Washington is deadlocked as it enters the 14th day of a partial government shutdown that has already led to furloughs of 350,000 federal workers, canceled military training missions and slowed economic growth. Now, the United States is just days away from losing its ability to borrow money and faces the prospect of defaulting on its bonds.

Following multiple talks between Republican congressional leaders and President Barack Obama over the past two weeks, the negotiations are now focused on Senate leadership from both sides of the aisle.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell launched last-ditch negotiations over the weekend to end the spending and debt stalemate, but they may not be able to reach an agreement that can pass both the House and Senate.

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