Afraid of US failure, Japanese PM Shinzō Abe is developing his own independent process of Chinese encirclement, deepening relations with Vietnam, Philippines and India, expert in Asia-Pacific affairs Joseph Gerson told RT.
RT: The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is trying to change the so-called peaceful constitution adopted after the Second World War to allow its troops take part in conflicts abroad. Does it mean that the days of Japan as a pacifist state are over?
记者：安倍首相正在努力改变所谓的日本战后 和平宪法 ，允许日本军队参与解决海外冲突。这是否意味着日本作为和平国家身份的终结。
Joseph Gerson: It has been over for some time. Japan, despite that its constitution says it should have no military forces, has very large navy, very large air force, it is the sixth-biggest military spender in the world. But it has been difficult to deploy those forces abroad, to be involved in war and both under the pressure of the right wing in Japan and from the US there has been a process over more than 30 years now to overcome the limitations of the Constitution. And that is what Abe is doing.