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The Driving Forces Behind Japan's Remilitarization

Dec 17, 2012 | 11:27 GMT
hips from the USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Republic of Korea navy are underway during a trilateral exercise, East China Sea, 2012.
hips from the USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Republic of Korea navy are underway during a trilateral exercise, East China Sea, 2012.
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While remaining content with its limited military role for more than six decades, Japan's current regional security and political concerns are accelerating the impetus for normalization -- the political process of eliminating restrictions on the military. This is largely due to regional security threats, particularly China's growing threat to Japan's sea-lanes, which it depends on for survival because it lacks sufficient natural resources. ...

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