Sunday, August 1, 2010

Japan Must Prepare for 'Contingencies'

A government panel will recommend that Japan relax longstanding defense guidelines to prepare for "contingencies" in the Korean Peninsula and Taiwan Strait, reports said.The recommendation, to be submitted to Prime Minister Naoto Kan in early August, will be made by experts tasked with updating the national defense guidelines to be formulated in December, the Yomiuri Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun reported, without disclosing sources.It also proposes relaxation of restrictions on arms exports to allow joint development and production of weapons with the United States and other allies.
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