Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will outline his vision for Japan`s defense role in regional security to promote peace and prosperity amid tension over China`s growing assertiveness and maritime activity.
Abe will deliver a keynote speech today at the Asia Security Summit in Singapore, becoming a first Japanese leader to do so at the gathering.
Security is a sensitive topic for Japan, once an aggressor in Asia, to discuss in the region.
Abe`s government is currently trying to ease constitutional restraints on Japan`s military, which can be used only in its own self-defense. He says Japan`s pacifist constitution restricts its global contribution.