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Two former top bureaucrats want the government to tell the international community what Japan can do within the limits of its war-renouncing Constitution to help the expected U.S.-led military retaliation for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

Nobuo Ishihara, 74, a former deputy chief Cabinet secretary, and Katsumi Takeoka, 78, a former director of the secretariat at the Defense Agency, also warned in recent interviews against a speedy expansion of Japan’s military role without meaningful debate.

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