February 2, 2015 / 3:42 AM / 3 years ago

Japan should consider military undertaking overseas rescues: PM

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Abe said on Monday he wants to discuss a framework that would allow Japan’s military to rescue Japanese citizens in danger, following the beheading of a Japanese reporter by Islamic State militants.

Abe, who has long pushed for a more muscular security stance, made the remarks to a parliamentary committee a day after Islamic State militants said they had killed Kenji Goto, the second Japanese captive to be killed.

Abe wants legislation this year to lift a ban on the military fighting overseas to help allies under attack. Known as collective self-defense, the change would be the biggest military policy shift since Japan’s armed forces were reassembled 60 years ago after its World War Two defeat.

Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Robert Birsel

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