Japan says historic decisions to purchase new, powerful weapons were purely defensive, but North Korea said Tokyo was preparing another invasion.
A proposal to build two Aegis Ashore batteries was approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on Tuesday
Japan is the only country ever attacked with a nuclear weapon, and more than 72 years later it has the ability to build a bomb of its own.
The sale of $113 million worth of advanced air-to-air missiles to Japan needs to be approved by Congress.
Influential Japanese lawmakers have begun publicly campaigning to end Tokyo's U.S.-imposed pacifism and prepare for a potential preemptive strike on nuclear-armed North Korea.
From now on, Japan’s military, known as its Self-Defense Forces, will be permitted to fight overseas
The bills have sparked massive protests from ordinary citizens who say they violate the country's post-World War pacifist constitution.