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A look into Japan, a nation torn between peace and preparation

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, or Genbaku Dome, has been preserved in the same state it was in immediately after the atomic bomb was dropped on Aug. 6, 1945. It is seen here as leaves begin to take on autumn colors, on Nov. 8, 2017. (Photo: Michael Walsh/Yahoo News)

A look into Japan, a nation torn between peace and preparation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to remove pacifist constraints on the Self-Defense Forces from Japan’s post-WWII constitution has found more support among the Japanese people now that North Korea has nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, Abe’s objective can be a hard sell for many Japanese citizens, who view peace as central to the nation’s identity.

Yahoo News journalist Michael Walsh traveled to Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11 on a fellowship from Foreign Press Center Japan to discuss the nation’s current security challenges, commitment to pacifism and collective memory of the atomic bombings. Every person interviewed shared a commitment to keeping Japan safe while promoting peace and nuclear disarmament. But there was disagreement over the right path to this goal. (Michael Walsh/Yahoo News)

Photography by Michael Walsh/Yahoo News

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