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Koichi Kato, former secretary general of the LDP, on Friday stressed the need to quickly pass two bills to allow the Self-Defense Forces to provide support to U.S. forces in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

“I personally believe that it is necessary to make swift decisions rather than take time for full-scale (deliberation),” said Kato, who is expected to be appointed chairman of a special Diet committee charged with discussing the bills.

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