Japanese Parliament Votes For Greater Overseas Military Role
Japan's parliament voted to allow its country's military to intervene internationally, a big change from the country's historical stance on pacifism.By Eugene Daniels | September 18, 2015
Japan's constitutional pacifism is now a thing of the past. On Friday, the country's parliament voted to allow its military to fight in battles overseas. After World War II, the country was only allowed to enter international conflicts if Japan itself was threatened. (Video via The History Channel)
The move is a big win for Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who has wanted the change so his country could face new possible military threats, especially from neighboring China.
According to the BBC, three conditions must be met for Japan to enter international conflict: Japan or an ally must be under attack from a clear threat to people; there can't be any other way to fend off the attack; and only minimal force may be used.