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Japan divided by PM Kishida’s drastic security overhaul

A protester in Tokyo holding a placard that reads "Stop the military expansion" on Friday. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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TOKYO – Prime Minister Fumio Kishida justified the drastic overhaul of Japan’s security policy on Friday as necessary, given that tabletop exercises have shown current defences to be woefully inadequate to stave off an attack.

The candid admission, it was hoped, will be grounds for what represents a drastic pivot from Japan’s post-war pacifism.

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