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Japan defense industry needs security boost

Tokyo must protect world-class arms suppliers against spies and cyberattacks

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, takes his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull for a viewing of special operations exercises near Tokyo on Jan. 18.   © Reuters

Japan's bid to tighten military cooperation with Australia is only the latest of the giant strides it has made in the past three years in becoming a full partner in building collective security in the Asia-Pacific region.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who hosted Malcolm Turnbull, his Australian counterpart, for defense talks on Jan. 18, has reinterpreted Japan's constitution to take a more proactive stance for defending the country in conjunction with its allies.

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