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Ruling party lawmakers on Monday questioned Japan’s plan to sign a defense logistics agreement with Australia that would enable the two countries to share food, fuel and other supplies and services, Senior Vice Defense Minister Kazuya Shimba said.

The government is considering submitting a bill during the current Diet session on the acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, and some members of the Democratic Party of Japan and its coalition partners sought “careful handling” of the proposed legislation in view of Australia’s antiwhaling policy.

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