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The government has decided to postpone drills with foreign troops, based on security legislation that expanded the activities of the Self-Defense Forces, until after the Upper House election this summer, sources close to the matter said Sunday.

It is feared the joint drills would have an adverse impact on the ruling parties’ performance in the election, the sources said. The legislation, which came into effect in March, enables Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense — or coming to the aid of friendly nations under armed attack even if Japan itself is not attacked.

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