外文标题：Japan sheds pacifist constitution, gives military more powers
BEIJING: Japan on Tuesday amended its pacifist constitution giving more powers to the military, causing serious worries in China and South Korea. Japan's military had remained shackled to a self-defensive role since the Americans drafted the island nation's constitution after World War II.
The new decision by the Shinzo Abe cabinet is expected to escalate Japan-China dispute over Diaoyu Islands in East China Sea. "Japan might now even step up its efforts to support Vietnam and Philippines, which too are engaged in territorial disputes with China," a source said.
The Cabinet decision permits the Abe government to authorize greater military engagement in times of national threats, and even when a country friendly to Japan faces territorial risks. Japan has cited its dispute with China over Diaoyu Islands as the reason for amending the constitution.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei reacted to Tokyo's move saying, "China opposes the Japanese fabricating the China threat to promote its domestic political agenda.
"We demand that Japan respect the reasonable security concerns of its Asian neighbors and prudently handle the relevant matter," Hong said. "Japan must respect its neighbors' security concerns, not harm the national sovereignty and security interests of China and not undermine regional peace and stability."
Loves India (Unknown)
China have now serious worries....now they are face to face with masters of technology........ But more than that the patriotism of Japanese to nation will be much more worrying factor for China.... India welcomes this step of Japan
Good move this is a serious headache to china
Patriot ddpt (Bharat)
Japan has taken Right Decision- Better Late than Never- Chinese Dragon n N Koreans r pain in neck..
:-))) Good news. However, chinese and muslims always compete for the first prize in 'Hypocrisy'. China should be made to realize that it is not the only one that can arm itself to the teeth and others should be watching the drama.
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Lets tame that fcking dragon!!!
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Japan-China, Iran-Iraq, India-Pakistan, America-germens... Humans are at the edge of their extinct
Concerned Citizen (Unknown)
Good move by Japan. Utter reliance on US is not an option in the long run. Every man for himself.
Whzzman Mr (Unknown)
Japan must break their vow and develop a Nuclear Bomb for its survival otherwise China and North Korean luntic boy president, will cause trouble.
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Every normal country has a military. Japan is becoming normal.
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Suman P (Unknown)
Well done Japan, dignity and safety of your country is more important than any thing else.
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Anthony Morais (Internet)
Bravo Japan! Japan now needs to greatly expand its defense budget.
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tanmay chakrabarti (Unknown)
To contain China they took the right and bold decision (i.e. the rejection of their constitution written by USA) but they are too late.
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Terry Willson (Mackay Sunshine Coast) replies to tanmay chakrabarti
Not too late. The Japanese have the ability and technology to expand their armed forces at a very rapid pace with high quality assests. They are the only nation in the region to stand up to China and give it a bloody nose if provoked. The fact that the PROC has nuclear weapons is irreverent in a regional conflict as they cant be deployed. Not unless you want to start world war three.
India also needs to step up our aggressive posture and increase our strength to 30 lakh troops , specially for mountain divisions. mechanised infantry and armoured / artillery
Time appears ripe for INDO JAPANESE ALLIANCE for future ASIA's RISE to be an effective alternative to the WEST.
bmdsuccess2014 (Location) replies to Bala
You seem to be really ignorant!! Japan is a key ally of US and a US naval base is right there and in South Korea..
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We should be military ally with Japan and America
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virgin rampal (earth) replies to Papa
Japan yes, America no. US pentagon is more dangerous than any enemy and terrorists.
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Rise of Japanese military might in Asia would certainly upset China. India need to play very diplomatically to engage these giants.