Japan has been forced to abandon its pacifist stance in the face of a growing number of US wars and an increasing number of Chinese ones.

But Japan’s wartime policies have been more than a few years in the making, and in the last few months it has been accused of turning its back.

The Japanese military is now facing growing international criticism over its actions in the South China Sea and its recent move to expand military capabilities in disputed areas.

The country’s ruling party, which has governed since 1945, has long maintained its pacifism, and has been a key supporter of China in the region.

In the past year, Japan has also seen a growing tide of anti-American sentiment in the country, as US President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking to expand the use of military force in Asia and the Pacific.

Critics say the Japanese government is now actively trying to appease the US by taking a more assertive stance in Asia.

The Abe administration has not responded to the criticism directly, but on Wednesday it announced a major change to its strategic posture in the Pacific and beyond, including the establishment of a new headquarters in Guam.

But it has also angered its allies and made the case for its continued support for Japan’s pacifist policies, including in the area of the South Pacific, where the US has a naval base in Guam, the only military presence in the tiny island nation.

This has angered many in Japan, where anti-US sentiment is on the rise.

Many see Japan’s moves as an attempt to counter the growing anti-Japanese sentiment in Asia, and the US military has reacted with increasing aggression.

“There are many people who have a deep concern that the Japanese military might make the same mistakes that China made,” said one US military official.

“There’s no doubt that Japan is making these sorts of moves in the international arena.”

But the Abe administration is not yet ready to abandon pacifism.

On Monday, the Prime Minister said that Japan would continue to support its allies in the Asia-Pacific, and that the country would “stand firm in defending itself”.

“We are not going to stop the country’s self-defence.

We are going to continue to protect our allies and friends,” he said, adding that the US should take a tougher stance in other areas.

Japan’s move has also been seen as a step towards appeasing China.

The Prime Minister is not the only official to back the Abe government’s moves.

In May, the foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, said that the Abe policy was “the most serious challenge facing Japan”.

“In the Asia Pacific, China is moving rapidly to expand its military and to assert itself, including through territorial claims in the East China Sea,” Mr Kishid said at the time.

“This will only intensify the tension.”

The Japanese Foreign Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.