FUKUOKA — When revising guidelines for defense cooperation with the U.S. in the case of emergencies around Japan, it is important, for strategic reasons, to keep the geographical scope vague, Liberal Democratic Party policy chief Taku Yamasaki said Aug. 18.

Yamasaki made the comments during a local lecture amid disagreement in the party ranks on whether emergencies involving the Formosa Strait should be covered by the new defense cooperation guidelines. Tokyo and Washington are currently revising the current guideline agreed on in 1978.

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