Japan to Discuss Defense Bill with Korea, China

      September 21, 2015 12:55

      Korea, Japan, and the U.S. will reportedly hold security talks as early as October to discuss the aftermath of Japan's controversial reinterpretation of its pacifist constitution.

      A diplomatic source told the Chosun Ilbo on Sunday the Korean government will "want to hear Japan's explanation" of the revision of 10 bills and a new act on international peacekeeping, "and speak to the U.S. if necessary."

      The reframed self-defense and other security bills that allow the expansion of Japan's military were passed in the upper house of the Japanese Diet in early hours of Saturday.

      In addition to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito, three minor opposition parties voted for the revision.

      It allows the Japanese military to fight overseas even when Japan is not under attack, which has been forbidden since World War II.

      Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called it a major reform, and claimed concerned Japanese people and neighboring countries "will understand the decision better as time goes by."

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