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Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone said Friday the incoming government led by the Democratic Party of Japan must clarify how it intends to participate in the war on terrorism if it intends to end the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s mission in the Indian Ocean.

Touching on the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, Nakasone told reporters that the refueling mission by the MSDF should not be mistaken as unrelated to Japan’s interests.

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