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Abe reiterates nuclear-sharing discussion is necessary

Opposition Japan Innovation Party expresses support for proposal

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for an open discussion about how best to strengthen deterrence. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai) 

TOKYO -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that it is "only natural" for the country to discuss the possibility of nuclear sharing with the U.S.

Speaking at a gathering of the Abe faction, the largest faction in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the former leader repeated his statements on Fuji TV on Sunday, which triggered a wide debate in Japan's political world.

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