The National Diet approves larger military role, paving the way for defending allies - Panel discussion on Inside Story with Aljazeera English TV on 1st July 2014 with Tomohiko Taniguchi, professor at Keio University and special advisor to the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Barry Pavel, director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. Click here
It's no doubt that Abe's new defense initiative is a comprehensive response to the percevied China Threat. It also serves to pomote Japan's more assertive role and status in regional and global geopolitics. These dynamics are outlined in an article "Japan's New Defence Posture" in The Diplomat dated 10 July, 2014.