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Re-elected Abe appoints hawkish defence minister

Nakatani's desire for Japanese pre-emptive military strike capability could alarm China

MORE ASSERTIVE TACK: Mr Abe (shown in Parliament on Wednesday) is seeking to remodel Japan's postwar security policy by taking legislative steps in the spring or later, and to restart nuclear power plants that remain offline.


SHINZO Abe was re-elected prime minister of Japan at a special session of Parliament on Wednesday and has retained all key members of his former government except outgoing defence minister Akinori Eto. Mr Eto was replaced by Gen Nakatani - who favours giving Japan a pre-emptive...