On the campaign trail, President-elect Trump repeatedly challenged the status quo regarding key US allies, including NATO, Japan, and South Korea. But his actual intentions are unclear.
Many believe that changing Article 9 is Prime Minister Abe’s lifelong political mission. His coalition now holds a two-thirds majority in both houses of the legislature, opening the door for such reform.
The economic superpowers are vying to construct megaprojects across the continent. Countries like Indonesia have much to gain.
Japanese opposition lawmakers tried physically to obstruct the legislation in the upper house, triggering chaotic scenes. Japan's postwar constitution severely limits the deployment of its military.