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The 23-minute ceremony aboard the deck of the American battleship, the USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay, Japan, on Sept. 2, 1945, was the most significant event in Japan's recent history, and also the most painful.It became the fundamental law of Japan. The constitution's most salient component was contained in Article 9, which stated the country's renunciation of the right to wage war. The extent of Article 9 has been debated in Japan since its enactment, particularly after the establishment of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, a de facto military force in 1954 .However, in July 2014, Japan introduced a reinterpretation of this role, giving more power to its Self-Defense Forces and allowing them to defend Japan's allies in case of war against them.Last July 16, Japan's lower house passed Abe's security legislation.
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