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LDP defense panel eyes larger role for Japanese military.

TOKYO, Feb. 5 Kyodo

A defense policy panel of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has drafted a policy paper calling for beefing Japanese defense and lifting limitations on the role of the Japanese military in international collective security.

Among the measures recommended include an aggressive program to develop an antimissile system jointly with the United States and a review of Japan's weapons export policy.

The draft is expected to be discussed at a meeting of the defense policy panel of the LDP National Defense Division at the LDP headquarters on Wednesday.

The policy draft calls for a revision of the Constitution to clarify the status of Japan's Self-Defense Forces and lift the ban on Japan's participation in collective self-defense.

The government was also urged to lift restrictions on the use of weapons by the Japanese military taking part in international peacekeeping missions.

The policy draft also stressed the importance of integrated operation of the Air, Ground and Maritime Self-Defense Forces.
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