Japan's resurgent military - explained in 60 seconds
Japan's parliament has approved its largest ever military budget, the third rise in defence spending in as many years.
Since WWII the country has been constitutionally bound not to deploy combat troops abroad.
However, Japan says China now poses a threat to its interests in the East China Sea and that it must boost its military capabilities in response.
Video produced by Mohamed Madi
14 Jan 2015