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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda warned graduating Self-Defense Forces cadets Sunday that North Korea’s bid to step up its nuclear and missile programs and China’s increased military buildup and maritime activities are growing concerns for Japan.

“Moves by North Korea, including nuclear and missile issues, and China, which is reinforcing its military capabilities and continuing vigorous activities in surrounding waters, are growing increasingly severe,” Noda said at the graduation ceremony for the National Defense Academy in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

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