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Japan weighs buying U.S.-made Tomahawk cruise missiles

Tokyo looks to boost its deterrence with eye on Taiwan contingency

A Tomahawk Land Attack Missile is launched from a U.S. destroyer toward Iraq in March 2003. (U.S. Navy via Reuters)

TOKYO -- Japan is considering the purchase of U.S.-made Tomahawk cruise missiles in an effort to significantly strengthen its defense capabilities, government sources say.

The Tomahawk, which has a long striking range, is being considered as an option for "standoff missiles" that can be fired from beyond an opponent's reach.

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