Abe wants to 'reinterpret' Japan's pacifist Constitution, arguing that Japan must be better positioned to deal with potential threats in the region – and to come to the aid of allies.
As part of his four-country tour of Asia, Obama will visit the Philippines Monday. He's expected to highlight the importance of security cooperation and the Philippines' strategic role in the region.
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Japan's prime minister is credited with reviving its deflated economy. He's also accused of setting Japan on a collision course with China. The reality is more complex.
Japan's Shinzo Abe is one of the strongest leaders in its postwar history. Here are some events that have shaped his worldview.