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Lack of NATO-style command in focus as Japan reviews security strategy

Constitutional limits complicate joint response with U.S. to Taiwan conflict

Lt. Gen. Ryoji Takemoto, head of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force's Western Army, left, poses in front of a HIMARS rocket launcher with Major Gen. Joel Vowell, commander of U.S. Army Japan, in southwestern Japan in August.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- When senior officials from Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party met last month to discuss next fiscal year's defense budget, a former defense minister raised a topic outside the scope of big spending items like missiles and fighter jets.

"We should establish a joint command in Okinawa for the Self-Defense Forces to coordinate with U.S. forces," the official said.

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