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The Japan Coast Guard should be put in charge of inspecting North Korean cargo ships instead of the Self-Defense Forces if the U.N. Security Council passes a resolution calling for the measure, Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada indicated Friday.

“The Maritime Self-Defense Force has been dispatched only in situations the Japan Coast Guard cannot handle,” Hamada said, referring to the MSDF destroyers patrolling for pirates off Somalia. “It’s important to consider that (inspecting North Korean ships would be) happening in waters near Japan.”

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