The Abe administration is rushing to amend pieces of security-related legislation and expand the scope of Self-Defense Forces’ activities overseas.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is eager to change the nature of postwar Japan — which has been characterized as a pacifist nation or even as a merchant country — and join the ranks of samurai warriors in the international community. But other countries would not take Japan seriously and would not allow it to be a member of their group if it merely asks to join the “samurai” ranks so that it can use force overseas. Therefore, Japan would need a good cause to do so. That is the background as to why this administration talks much more about values than its predecessors.

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