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Former defense minister questions Japan's anti-nuclear policy

North Korean threat leads Ishiba to reconsider long-held principles

Former Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba

TOKYO -- A heavyweight in Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has suggested that the country could rethink a decades-long policy of barring nuclear weapons, citing the growing threat posed by North Korea.

Japan must consider whether the three principles of not producing, possessing or bringing in nuclear weapons offer a "sufficient deterrent," former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba told TV Asahi.

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