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Japan Ruling Party Weighs First Offensive Weapons Since War

  • Panel sees obtaining cruise missiles as one option in proposal
  • Push by Abe’s LDP comes as North Korean threat grows
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Japan should arm itself with long-range offensive weapons, a policy research group in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party said Wednesday, in a break with the cautious defense stance the country has maintained since World War II.

The group, led by former defense minister Itsunori Onodera, urged the government to begin considerations immediately to introduce the capacity to attack a foreign base, according to a document distributed to reporters. The necessary budget should be set aside, the group said, citing a “new level of threat” from North Korea. A broader party panel will look at the proposal Thursday, and it is set to be presented to Abe soon.