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Japan's defense chief calls for 'active use' of combat drones

Nobuo Kishi looks to align Tokyo and Washington's national security priorities

An RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone sits in a hangar at a U.S. Air Force base. Japan has the RQ-4B version but is also considering adopting armed drones.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As unmanned aerial vehicles prove a critical tool in Ukraine's resistance to the Russian invasion, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi has signaled a growing interest in applications for combat drones.

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