[QODLink]
Asia-pacific

Japan may be rethinking role of military

With China asserting itself internationally, questions are being asked whether Japan should rethink its army's role.

Last updated: 02 Dec 2013 03:51
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

The US Vice President arrives in Japan on Monday for the start of his three nation tour of East-Asia.

On the agenda for Joe Biden will be the growing tension between Tokyo and Beijing over a group of islands in the East China sea.

With Japan’s larger neighbour China asserting itself internationally, questions are being asked about whether Japan should rethink the role of its armed forces.

And China’s declaration this week of an air defence zone over the East China sea is making that discussion all the more urgent.

Al Jazeera's Stephanie Scawen reports from Yokosuka in Japan.

99

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.