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Japan's Kishida holds 1st NSC to revise 8-year-old security strategy

Prime minister eyes bigger defense budget to assist U.S.

The prime minister's office in Tokyo: Prime Minister Fumio Kishida discussed the national security strategy at his first National Security Council meeting Wednesday. (Photo by Tsuneyuki Kenmochi)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held his first National Security Council meeting Wednesday, in which he discussed reviewing the eight-year-old national security strategy to fit the challenges of today.

The core NSC members -- the prime minister, the chief cabinet secretary, foreign minister and defense minister -- were joined by Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki and Takayuki Kobayashi, minister in charge of economic security.

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