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Abe calls for decisions on Japan's preemptive strike capabilities

Outgoing PM wants government to reach conclusions by year-end

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives at prime minister's office in Tokyo on Friday. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai) 

TOKYO -- Outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday released a report calling for his successor to deepen deliberations on Japan's missile defenses, such as acquiring capabilities to strike weapons in enemy territory before they can attack the country.

In light of China's military expansion and other changes in the security environment, the government should reach conclusions on the issue before the end of this year in collaboration with the ruling parties, Abe said.

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