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Fresh from winning support from a handful of foreign countries for Japan’s new security laws, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now pursuing broader international backing for the changes. He has meetings planned with a range of foreign leaders in coming weeks.

Broad support is seen as key as Abe tries to persuade skeptics at home — and in China and South Korea — about empowering the Self-Defense Forces to fight overseas, a change without precedent since World War II.

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