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The ruling alliance failed August 25 to reach an agreement on reviewing guidelines for Japanese-U.S. defense cooperation and will resume final discussions August 26.

Policy chiefs of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the Social Democratic Party and New Party Sakigake will meet to produce a joint statement that may include different opinions if a consensus is not reached, according to the LDP’s policy chief, Taku Tamasaki. The policy chiefs postponed a meeting with the Chinese ambassador to Japan slated August 26 to discuss the outcome of their talks.

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