Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto stressed Sept. 11 that the ongoing review of the Japan-U.S. bilateral defense guidelines must be carried out with broad support at home and from overseas.

Addressing an annual meeting with about 80 senior Self-Defense Forces officers at the Defense Agency headquarters in Tokyo, Hashimoto said the ongoing review is an extremely important issue that would affect national security.

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