Japan

Back to militarism?

Print edition : August 23, 2013

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The July 23 elections to the Upper House of Parliament gave his LDP and the New Komeito a working majority in both Lower and Upper Houses. Photo: JIJI PRESS/AFP

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Azo. He was among the senior Ministers who visited the controversial Yasukuni shrine. Photo: TORU YAMANAKA/AFP

SDF soldiers near Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo, in April. Expansion of military capabilities is high on Shinzo Abe's agenda. Photo: ISSEI KATO/Reuters

Containers being loaded onto a cargo ship at a port in Tokyo. The Prime Minister's "Abenomics" has devalued the yen, making Japanese exports competitive once again. Photo: ISSEI KATO/Reuters

A resurgent right-wing Prime Minister in Japan sees China as the main enemy and promises to rewrite his country’s Constitution to allow the deployment of its defence forces overseas.
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