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Updating defense strategy high on Abe's 2018 agenda

Closer cooperation with the US to help address North Korean threat

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives his annual policy speech to the Diet on Jan. 22.

TOKYO -- Japan looks to update its defense policies this year to reflect the growing threat of North Korea's weapons development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers Monday.

Abe outlined his policy goals in a speech at the start of the Diet's 2018 regular session. Defense is a priority for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party this year, along with revising the pacifist constitution.

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