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Japan ex-defense minister slams China's 'revisionist' expansion

Taro Kono stresses importance of US alliance in pitch to join 'Five Eyes'

Taro Kono, the ex-defense minister told the 17th CSIS/Nikkei symposium, hosted by Nikkei and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, that the Japan-U.S. alliance will remain strong regardless of leadership changes in the two countries.

TOKYO -- Less than two weeks before the U.S. presidential election, Japanese reform minister Taro Kono on Friday again criticized China's military expansion and reiterated his pitch for Japan's accession to the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance.

Kono was the foreign minister and then the minister of defense during the final three years of Shinzo Abe's prime ministership.

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