|Obama to Boost Japan Military|
|by Tom McGregor||Sun, Dec 23, 2012, 10:35 PM|
A few years ago, President Barack Obama deeply bowed and kowtowed to the emperor of Japan. Now, Obama has pledged to help Japan boost and upgrade the nation’s military defense.
According to the Houston Chronicle, "imagine that North Korea launched a missile at Japan. Tokyo could – and would certainly try to – shoot it down. But if the missile were flying overhead toward Hawaii or the continental United States, Japan would have to sit idly by."
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will soon meet President Barack Obama to discuss plans to militarize his country with the support of the White House, while promoting a free trade agreement that would curb Beijing's influence in Asia.
As reported by the Houston Chronicle, "Abe, set to take office for a second time after leading his conservative party to victory in elections last Sunday, has vowed a fundamental review of Japan's taboo-ridden postwar security policies and proposed ideas that range from changing the name of the military – now called the Japan Self Defense Forces – to revising the constitution itself."
Japan wants to change its constitution so it can fight alongside the U.S. Navy to battle China if a military altercation ensues in the South China Sea.
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