Protesters holding placards shouts slogans as they gather at a rally against Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to expand Japan's military role while police officers stand guard in front of ... more 
Protesters holding placards shouts slogans as they gather at a rally against Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to expand Japan's military role while police officers stand guard in front of Abe's official residence in Tokyo June 30, 2014. Half of Japanese voters oppose dropping a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since World War Two, a survey showed on Monday, as Abe readied a landmark shift in security policy that would ease the constraints of the pacifist constitution on the armed forces. The change will significantly widen Japan's military options by ending the ban on exercising "collective self-defence" or aiding a friendly country under attack. The placards (yellow) read, "Against toleration of right to collective self-defense" and "Against cabinet approval" (L). REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY) less 
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Mon, Jun 30, 2014 7:48 AM EDT