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Insight: Japan unease over U.S. alliance adds fuel to Abe's security shift

Soldiers from the U.S. Marines and Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force attend their joint exercises that are intended to recover an island in San Clemente Island, California, in this photo taken and provided by Kyodo February 9, 2013. REUTERS/Kyodo/Files

Soldiers from the U.S. Marines and Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force attend their joint exercises that are intended to recover an island in San Clemente Island, California, in this photo taken and provided by Kyodo February 9, 2013....more

Soldiers from the U.S. Marines and Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force attend their joint exercises that are intended to recover an island in San Clemente Island, California, in this photo taken and provided by Kyodo February 9, 2013. REUTERS/Kyodo/Files
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a policy speech during the start of an ordinary session at the lower house of the parliament in Tokyo January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a policy speech during the start of an ordinary session at the lower house of the parliament in Tokyo January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a policy speech during the start of an ordinary session at the lower house of the parliament in Tokyo January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
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Soldiers from the U.S. Marines and Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force attend their joint exercises that are intended to recover an island in San Clemente Island, California, in this photo taken and provided by Kyodo February 9, 2013. REUTERS/Kyodo/Files

Soldiers from the U.S. Marines and Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force attend their joint exercises that are intended to recover an island in San Clemente Island, California, in this photo taken and provided by Kyodo February 9, 2013....more

Soldiers from the U.S. Marines and Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force attend their joint exercises that are intended to recover an island in San Clemente Island, California, in this photo taken and provided by Kyodo February 9, 2013. REUTERS/Kyodo/Files
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