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Japan Prepares End to Ban on Defending Allies

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Stars and Stripes | Apr 16, 2014

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan -- Japan is poised to introduce a plan that would allow its forces to defend allies for the first time in the post-World War II era, even as polls indicate public opposition to a reinterpretation of the nation's pacifist constitution. Advisers to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government say the legal maneuvers t... more

Ambassador Kennedy Visits Okinawa Amid Base Plans

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Associated Press | Feb 12, 2014

NAHA, Japan - U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, making her first visit to Okinawa in hopes of winning support for a U.S. military base relocation plan, pledged Wednesday that Washington would do its best to reduce the burden of its heavy troop presence there. "The United States is committed to working with you and the government of Jap... more

Panel: Japan Should Lift Ban on Collective Defense

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) escort ship "Kurama" leads other vessels during a fleet review in water off Sagami Bay, south of Tokyo, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012.

Associated Press | Feb 04, 2014

TOKYO - A government panel will urge Japan to allow its military to help allies that come under attack, in a major reversal of the country's ban on collective defense under its pacifist constitution. The panel on Tuesday discussed ways that Japan can improve its defense capability and said it will present its near-final draft recommendation in ... more

Japan Unveils Largest Warship Since World War II

Associated Press | Aug 06, 2013

YOKOHAMA, Japan - Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 meters (820 feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicop... more

Army Colonel in Japan Suspended

Stars and Stripes | Jun 18, 2013

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- The U.S. Army has suspended more officials at its Tokyo headquarters pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged misconduct, officials say. The Army confirmed this week that Col. Eric D. Tilley, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Japan, has been suspended and that his civilian deputy, Jeffrey Wertz, has been "tem... more

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