REUTERS/Toru Hanai - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo May 15, 2014.
Last month, Japan’s cabinet made the historic decision to embrace collective self-defense and expand its national security role. Although neighboring states and many Japanese remain skeptical, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe believes that Japan’s changing security position requires a more regionally- and globally-engaged Japan. Jonathan D. Pollack analyzes Abe’s decision, offering insights into why the prime minister has pushed the change and the security implications of this move. Read More ›