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Japan's ruling party calls for 'counterstrike capabilities'

Recommendations also seek defense budget boost to over 2% of GDP

An F-15 fighter jet of Japan's Air Self-Defense Force lands during a training exercise. (Handout photo from the Air Self-Defense Force)   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Lawmakers from Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party have urged the government to develop "counterstrike capabilities" and consider roughly doubling the defense budget to 2% or more of gross domestic product under new policy recommendations finalized Tuesday.

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