Japan appears to be back on course to remilitarizing in the wake of a World War II that produced a largely-pacifist constitution. Two bills are wending their way through the political process. Put your money on the muscle....
As always, it's the definitions that start out so reasonable and then spread out wider and wider to include more and more. Maybe this time they could invade China and win.Japan's post-World War Two constitution bars it from using force to resolve conflicts except in cases of self-defence.The cabinet has pushed for a change that would revise the laws such that Japan's military would be able to mobilise overseas when these three conditions are met:
- when Japan is attacked, or when a close ally is attacked, and the result threatens Japan's survival and poses a clear danger to people
- when there is no other appropriate means available to repel the attack and ensure Japan's survival and protect its people
- use of force is restricted to a necessary minimum