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THS the continued remilitarisation of Japan.

Japan's post-World War II constitution has not allowed it to develop offensive military capabilities. Under the leadership of current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan has expanded its military capabilities and has moved to re-interpret its constitution to allow for an offensive military.

This house supports the continued remilitarisation of Japan.

In the aftermath of World War II, the United States forced Japan to accept Article 9 of its constitution, which outlaws war as a means of resolving international disputes with other states. In 2015, amidst calls for the wholesale repeal of the article, Shinzo Abe’s government succeeded in reinterpreting Article 9 to allow Japan’s Self-Defense Forces to come to the aid of their allies in war. More broadly, Japan has invested heavily in bolstering its military capabilities, and has pointedly positioned a substantial naval force in the East China Sea.

This House regrets the remilitarisation of Japan