Policy chiefs of the Liberal Democratic Party and would-be coalition partner New Komeito agreed Thursday that the two parties will push for defense legislation to cope with emergencies within Japan.

Chikara Sakaguchi, New Komeito’s policy affairs chief, and Yukihiko Ikeda, his LDP counterpart, also agreed to consider measures to allow the Self-Defense Forces to guard key facilities, such as airports and nuclear power plants, within the current legal framework, Sakaguchi told reporters after their meeting.

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