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The Liberal Democratic Party, the Liberal Party and New Komeito agreed Thursday that there is not enough time to submit during the current Diet session a bill allowing Japan to inspect unidentified ships, sources said.

In striking a deal over bills to cover updated Japan-U.S. defense cooperation guidelines in April, the three parties deleted a clause concerning ship inspections, agreeing to draw up and pass a separate bill to deal with the issue in the current Diet session.

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