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Abe seeks strengthening of defense capability

  • September 11, 2017
  • , The Japan News , 8:30 p.m.
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TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe underscored Monday the importance of beefing up the country’s defense capabilities to cope with North Korea’s missile and nuclear threats.


Referring to repeated provocations by North Korea, including the latest ballistic missile firing over Japan and sixth nuclear test, Abe stressed at a meeting with high-ranking defense officials that “threats [from the reclusive nation] must be contained.”


“Together with the United States, Japan should take concrete steps to improve its defense capabilities,” the prime minister said.


Abe also suggested that Japan needs always to examine the future adequacy of its basic defense program. Last month, he instructed Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to review the current program, compiled in December 2013.


The day’s meeting was joined by Onodera; Vice Defense Minister Katashi Toyota; Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, chief of staff of the Self-Defense Forces; and other senior SDF officials.


Former defense ministers, including Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, also took part in the meeting.

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