A protester holds a banner saying “No Abe” at a rally in Tokyo this month. Many Japanese oppose new security laws that open the door for Japanese troops to engage in combat overseas for the first time since the end of the second world war. Photo: AFP

Freedoms under challenge in democratic East Asia

Brad Williams says attempts by the conservative political elite in Japan and South Korea to roll back hard-won rights are unworthy of these developed societies

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A protester holds a banner saying “No Abe” at a rally in Tokyo this month. Many Japanese oppose new security laws that open the door for Japanese troops to engage in combat overseas for the first time since the end of the second world war. Photo: AFP
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