Japan's upper house lawmaker Yosuke Isozaki, a special adviser to Abe on security affairs, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Japan on Tuesday

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Japan's upper house lawmaker Yosuke Isozaki, a special adviser to Abe on security affairs, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Japan on Tuesday approved a plan to increase defense spending by 5 percent over the next five years to purchase its first surveillance drones, more jet fighters and naval destroyers in the face of China's military expansion. Isozaki described the new strategy as progress toward Japan becoming a more "normal" country. He said Japan should preserve the principle of pacifism enshrined in its constitution, but the country has been too biased in that direction. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) less 

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Tue, Dec 17, 2013 3:55 PM EST