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Japan to offer broader role under defense pact with US

TOKYO -- Japan will agree to play a greater role in a new security pact with the U.S. in light of its decision in July to expand national defense powers.

     Tokyo and Washington are working to update their defense cooperation guidelines by the end of the year. An interim report due out next week will include a clause that promises military cooperation in the event Japan or a nation close to Japan comes under attack.

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