More than a month after Prime Minister’s Shinzo Abe’s security legislation was passed, the gulf between supporters and opponents remains wide.

To supporters, in a world of new threats, the laws represent a necessary new chapter in Japan’s 70-year process of postwar normalization; a proportionate and responsible shouldering of the global security overhead that advanced nations are obliged to share.

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