Image of Asia: A final check before honor guard is inspected

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Posted: Aug 04, 2016 8:24 AM
Image of Asia: A final check before honor guard is inspected

In this photo by Shuji Kajiyama, a Japan Self Defense Force officer checks an honor guard before the members are inspected by Defense Minister Tomoni Inada at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo. Inada inspected the troops and gave an inauguration speech Thursday, a day after being named to the position in a Cabinet reshuffle. She is known for her far-right views and is a supporter of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's long-cherished hope to revise Japan's Constitution. She has said parts of the war-renouncing Article 9 should be scrapped, arguing that they could be interpreted as banning Japan's military.