The government and ruling bloc have agreed in principle to ease restrictions on the use of weapons by the Self-Defense Forces if they are engaged in logistic support for U.S.-led retaliatory strikes over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, government sources said Monday.

The issue was to be discussed by the secretaries general and policy officials of the Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeito and the New Conservative Party at a meeting in the afternoon, the sources said.

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