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Kishida tells troops: Capacity to strike enemy bases is option

PM vows to bolster Japan's defenses in face of China, North Korea threats

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida boards a tank at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Camp Asaka on the edge of Tokyo on Saturday. (Photo by Andrew Sharp)

CAMP ASAKA, Japan -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday vowed to strengthen his nation's defense capabilities, citing threats stemming from North Korea and China.

"The security environment surrounding Japan is changing at an unprecedented speed," Kishida said in front of 800 troops at the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Camp Asaka.

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