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Japan debates whether it can rely on U.S. in Korea crisis: Walkom

The Star
October 9, 2017
By Thomas Walkom

How does an officially pacifist country like Japan protect itself from a nuclear-armed North Korea? The short answer is: with some difficulty. The long answers are being quietly debated. After the Second World War, the victorious Americans insisted that Japan adopt a so-called peace constitution. In it, Japan renounced the use of war. More importantly, the new constitution declared that “land, sea and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained.”
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