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Japan should aim to create a multilateral security alliance in Asia similar to NATO to help counterbalance China’s ongoing military buildup, a senior ruling party lawmaker said Thursday.

Shigeru Ishiba, secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party, also told his fellow lawmakers in a speech that Japan should remove its self-imposed ban on the right to collective self-defense, saying he is on the same page with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, noting the revision is “a long-cherished wish.”

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