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More Japanese want bigger role in U.S. security alliance: poll

Sentiment shifts amid Ukraine war and heightened regional threats

Japan Ground Self Defense Force members and U.S. Army soldiers take part in an urban warfare drill in Gotemba, west of Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- More Japanese support the nation taking on a larger role in the security alliance with the U.S., topping those opposed for the first time in a recent poll as the war in Ukraine and looming national security threats weigh on the minds of the public.

In a survey conducted late last year, 49% of respondents supported an expanded role in the alliance while 46% were against.

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