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The capital punishment system may be an obstacle for Australia to conclude a security agreement with Japan during Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit in January next year, The Australian reported Tuesday.

The so-called Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) sets out a legal framework for Japanese and Australian troops’ activities in each other’s country. It is regarded as crucial for the two countries, which are hoping to enhance bilateral defense cooperation at a time when China is expanding its activities in the Indo-Pacific.

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