Japan’s parliament has approved two controversial bills that allow Japanese troops to fight overseas.
In a doctrine called collective self-defence, Mr Abe’s government has pushed for a change that would revise the laws such that Japan’s military would be able to mobilise overseas if 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
The changes are unpopular and thousands demonstrated outside parliament on Wednesday.