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Defense issues to be addressed in U.S.-Japan summit

Nikkei projected that the Syria situation and other security issues will probably be brought up during Prime Minister Abe’s summit with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. The paper noted that Japan’s security policy has gone through major shifts in the past in response to key developments in the region, such as the Gulf War in 1991 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. On the latest airstrikes against Syria launched by the Trump administration, the paper wrote that while Japan voiced support for U.S. “resolve” to prevent the use of chemical weapons, the only thing the GOJ can do at this point is collect information. Pointing out that President Trump has been calling for Tokyo to purchase more American defense equipment, the daily projected that the escalated tension in Syria may have an impact on Japan’s security policy and defense budget.  

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