PM Abe vows more active security role, says Japan no longer a "weak link"
NEW YORK CITY (AFP) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed on Wednesday to keep boosting Japan's security role, saying that the officially pacifist nation should no longer be a "weak link" in the world.
Visiting New York for the UN General Assembly, Mr Abe signaled that he hoped to move ahead with "collective self-defense" that would allow Japan to assist its ally the United States.
"Japan should not be the weak link in the regional and global security framework where the US plays a leading role," Mr Abe said at the Hudson Institute on the eve of his appearance at the UN General Assembly.
"Japan is one of the world's most mature democracies. Thus, we must be a net contributor to the provision of the world's welfare and security," he said.