On the 19th of September, opposition parties in Japan voted to change the military laws within the nation. Led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan is now allowed to fight abroad and sent troops to other countries for the first time since the second world war. Initially the law stated that Japan could only use force in a conflict as a method of self defence, the constitution has now been changed so the law will allow collective self defence to defend allies during an attack. There has been some skepticism towards this sudden political change as Japan is not in any current state of war. Though nationalists argue that the laws are necessary to protect the country against places such as China and North Korea.