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Abe will appoint minister for new defense policy

Japan's prime minister says significant legislative adjustments are needed to allow the country to exercise the right to self-defense. Shinzo Abe has indicated that he'll appoint a minister to be in charge of the work.

Abe spoke to reporters on Sunday before leaving for a tour of Oceania.

He said the legislation should cover issues ranging from so-called "gray zone" incidents, or infringements that are not recognized immediately as armed attacks, to matters related to collective self-defense.

Cabinet members on Tuesday agreed to reinterpret the Constitution to enable Japan to use its right to collective self-defense.

Abe said the sole purpose of the decision is to best prepare Japan to protect citizens lives and their peaceful way of living under the current Constitution.

Jul. 6, 2014 - Updated 03:08 UTC