Japan has lifted a WWII ban on its military fighting in overseas conflicts – NEWS.com.au

Demonstrators hold placards to protest against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial security bills in front of the National Diet in Tokyo on September 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI JAPAN has made a dramatic change in policy moving away from an adherence to pacifism in a decision that will have far reaching implications for world affairs. The country’s parliament passed contentious security bills into law in the early hours of Saturday, in a move that could see Japanese troops fight abroad for the first time in 70 years. Lawmakers approved the bills to ease restrictions on the country’s tightly controlled military, while outside thousands rallied in a last-ditch show of opposition to laws they…