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Japan's new security laws to take effect Mar. 29

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided Tuesday that new national security laws, which mark a major shift in Japan's postwar security policy, will take effect March 29.

      The laws bring into force a July 2014 Cabinet decision to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense under strict conditions, such as the nation's survival coming under threat.

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