JAPAN EXPANDS MILITARY MOBILIZATION
Japan's Prime-minister has pledged his country's support to South-East Asian nations in their disputes with China. Shinzo Abe said Japan will help the countries in the region control their borders - and keep their sea and air routes open.
Political blogger Ryan Dawson thinks Japan's involvement is not about working towards stability but rather about selling more arms.
Japan's expanding military will be integrated with the US - an example of NATO moving into Asia-Pacific.