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Japan's ruling coalition set to approve bills to boost the military's international role

  • FILE - In this March 22, 2014 file photo, students of the National Defense Academy march in a military parade to celebrate their senior students' graduation in Yokosuka, near Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving ahead this week with legislation that would boost the military’s international role in a significant shift of its pacifist policies. His ruling coalition is set to reach formal agreement Monday, May 11, 2015 on a package of bills that would loosen restrictions imposed on the military by the U.S. occupation after World War II.  (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

    FILE - In this March 22, 2014 file photo, students of the National Defense Academy march in a military parade to celebrate their senior students' graduation in Yokosuka, near Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving ahead this week with legislation that would boost the military’s international role in a significant shift of its pacifist policies. His ruling coalition is set to reach formal agreement Monday, May 11, 2015 on a package of bills that would loosen restrictions imposed on the military by the U.S. occupation after World War II. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 22, 2014 file photo, students of the National Defense Academy salute the national flag during a military parade to celebrate their senior students' graduation in Yokosuka, near Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving ahead this week with legislation that would boost the military’s international role in a significant shift of its pacifist policies. His ruling coalition is set to reach formal agreement Monday, May 11, 2015 on a package of bills that would loosen restrictions imposed on the military by the U.S. occupation after World War II.  (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

    FILE - In this March 22, 2014 file photo, students of the National Defense Academy salute the national flag during a military parade to celebrate their senior students' graduation in Yokosuka, near Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving ahead this week with legislation that would boost the military’s international role in a significant shift of its pacifist policies. His ruling coalition is set to reach formal agreement Monday, May 11, 2015 on a package of bills that would loosen restrictions imposed on the military by the U.S. occupation after World War II. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2013 file photo, the Rising Sun Flag flies as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, reviews members of Japan Self-Defense Forces during the Self-Defense Forces Day at Asaka Base, north of Tokyo. Abe is moving ahead this week with legislation that would boost the military’s international role in a significant shift of its pacifist policies. His ruling coalition is set to reach formal agreement Monday, May 11, 2015 on a package of bills that would loosen restrictions imposed on the military by the U.S. occupation after World War II. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2013 file photo, the Rising Sun Flag flies as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, reviews members of Japan Self-Defense Forces during the Self-Defense Forces Day at Asaka Base, north of Tokyo. Abe is moving ahead this week with legislation that would boost the military’s international role in a significant shift of its pacifist policies. His ruling coalition is set to reach formal agreement Monday, May 11, 2015 on a package of bills that would loosen restrictions imposed on the military by the U.S. occupation after World War II. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)  (The Associated Press)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving ahead this week with legislation that would boost the military's international role, in a significant shift of the country's pacifist policies.

Abe's ruling coalition is set to reach formal agreement Monday on a package of bills that would remove geographic restrictions on where the military can operate and allow it to do more.

The proposals are expected to be approved by the Cabinet later this week for submission to parliament.

They would allow Japan to defend its allies for the first time since World War II, and make it easier to provide logistical support for other militaries and participate in international peacekeeping operations.

Japan's military is limited to a self-defense role by a pacifist constitution adopted after World War II.