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Japan on Tuesday adopted new principles and guidelines on arms exports, the first major overhaul in nearly half a century of its arms embargo policy, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set the stage for the country to play a more active role in global security.

Despite concern that the new policy change will hurt the country’s status as a pacifist state, the Cabinet approved the rules that update the so-called “three principles” on restricting arms exports in the Cold War era, and give more clarity and leeway to the country’s weapons export policy.

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