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Japan, U.S. Lay Out Plans for Global Defense Partnership

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Japan is set to remove geographical limits on its defense partnership with the U.S. as the countries seek to bolster security cooperation amid China’s military assertiveness.

New guidelines on U.S.-Japan defense cooperation should emphasize the global nature of the alliance and coordination with other regional partners, according to an interim report on a review of the guidelines released yesterday by Japan’s Ministry of Defense. The report doesn’t mention “situations in areas surrounding Japan,” the scope of geographical cooperation included in the current guidelines, which were issued in 1997.