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Japan should rethink and clarify its role in the half-century-old security alliance with the United States, Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka said Friday.

“The 50th anniversary (of the signing of the Japan-U.S. security treaty) is a big turning point, and we cannot simply continue in the current situation,” Tanaka told reporters. “As the world’s No. 2 economy, Japan must rethink its role and carry out diplomacy independently.

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