Japanese Diet votes for major defence policy shift, allows troops to fight overseas.

Q.  Japanese parliament has voted into law what is a defence policy shift for the first time since 1945. The law is regarding:
- Published on 21 Sep 15

a. Loosening the limits of pacifist constitution on military
b. Permission for Japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time since 1945
c. Both of the above
d. Neither of the above

ANSWER: Both of the above
Japanese Parliament has voted into law a defence policy shift which could permit its troops to fight overseas for the first time since 1945. This shift which is the biggest change in the defence policy of Japan since creation of post war military in 1954 is critical to meet new challenges, especially from China. Legislation has triggered protests from citizens who fear it could ensnare the Japanese troops in global violence. Bills promoting the law were approved by the lower and upper house of the Japanese parliament, despite opposition efforts to block vote submitting censure motions and no confidence motion against the cabinet of Shinzo Abe in the lower house. Long standing ban on collective self defence is to be removed via this law.

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