Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, front row center, poses for a group photograph with his new cabinet members at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Abe appointed a former soldier and security veteran as his new defense minister, as he prepares to push through legislation to toughen the countrys military stance amid a dispute with China. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images