Philippines supports Japan’s ‘collective self-defense’

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President Benigno Aquino III expressed his country’s support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid to change Japan’s constitution to allow it to defend its allies. Speaking in Japan on his recent working visit, Aquino said the Japanese government should be empowered to assist others in time of need. Aquino made reference to Japan’s pacifist post-World War II constitution which prohibits the buildup of an active military force. Abe has said he wants to have the constitution changed by 2020. Both Japan and the Philippines are currently involved in a territorial dispute with China over parts of the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) and the Senkaku Islands.

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