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Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 4:34 am | Updated: 12:18 pm, Tue Jul 1, 2014.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has allowed its military to use force in some situations to defend other nations, in one of the biggest changes to its security policy since World War II.

The Cabinet on Tuesday eased Japan's longstanding ban on the right to exercise what is known as "collective self-defense."

Previous governments have said that Japan's war-renouncing constitution limits the use of force to defending Japan.

The Cabinet isn't changing the constitution, but the government will now be able to authorize greater military engagement under a new interpretation of the charter.

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