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Japan begins debate over strike capabilities

Tokyo views such options as allowed under right to self-defense

Japan seeks an alternative to the Aegis Ashore missile shield as North Korea continues to pursue missile development.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Days after halting plans to purchase a land-based missile defense system, Japan will begin a formal debate on building capabilities to strike enemy missile launchers as a cheaper, more effective way to defend itself, arguing that such ability does not run counter to the nation's pacifist charter.

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