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Normalizing Japan's Military Isn't a Straight Sprint, It's a Set of Hurdles

Aug 24, 2017 | 09:15 GMT
Members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces have more freedom now than they have had in the past to aid allies.

Members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces have more freedom now than they have had in the past to aid allies and participate in peacekeeping missions.

(ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Momentum is building in Tokyo's two-decade effort to normalize its armed forces. But, in addition to political resistance, increasing fiscal and demographic constraints will require a methodical approach....

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