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Abe says Self-Defense Forces to expect more missions


10-24-2016 06:13 BJT

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told the Self-Defense Forces to earnestly take their responsibilities and missions at home and abroad. At a parade held near Tokyo, Abe told the SDF that they should expect new missions after a new security legislation was enacted in March.

He expressed an interest in participating in United Nations peacekeeping operations in South Sudan. Abe was also concerned about the recent nuclear developments in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. He said the security landscape in Japan has changed as a result, and that makes consolidating an alliance with the United States important.

Japan's security shift, in contravention of its own Pacifist constitution, has put the nation under international spotlight. Analysts say the changes were made by way of an Abe-led unilateral cabinet decision, and forced through parliament into law based on his party's ruling majority and against public will.

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