Japan’s military, called the Self-Defense Forces, is restricted by a post-World War II pacifist constitution to defending itself and the country. The biggest change would allow the Self-Defense Forces to defend allies that come under attack, under a concept known as collective self-defense — which previous governments have considered unconstitutional.
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Protesters waving anti-war and anti-Shinzo Abe placards stage a rally in front of the Parliament building after a parliamentary committee approved legislation that would expand the role of Japan’s military in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Prime Minister Abe’s ruling bloc forced the vote in the face of protests from some lawmakers and citizens. The red banners read: “No War”. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)