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A panel of experts will hold its first meeting Friday to start reviewing Japan’s defense policy, ahead of the government’s revision of defense guidelines by the end of the year, Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura said Thursday.

The government panel, chaired by Tsunehisa Katsumata, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co., is expected to work with a Defense Ministry committee that is also discussing ways to review the National Defense Program Guidelines, with a view to compiling a report by summer.

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