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Japan's new national security policy based on 'proactive pacifism'

Japan's National Security Council (NSC) was established this past Dec. 4. On Dec. 17, the National Security Strategy and the new National Defense Program Guidelines were adopted by the Cabinet. Some people question these decisions, wondering why they have to be made now, but they may actually have come too late, considering the worsening security environment surrounding Japan. I would like to consider the significance of these moves.

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