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Japan defense plan to omit mention of strike capability

No need to spell out attack options it will soon have, government believes

A Tomahawk cruise missile is launched from a U.S. guided-missile destroyer in the Mediterranean Sea in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 29, 2011. Japan has decided to deploy cruise missiles of its own.
A U.S. destroyer launches a Tomahawk cruise missile in the Mediterranean in this U.S. Navy photo from 2011. Japan has decided to deploy cruise missiles of its own.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government plans to leave out any mention of the country's ability to strike enemy bases, such as when a missile launch against the country is imminent, from defense guidelines slated to be revised at the end of the year.

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