Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Monday pledged to beef up Japan’s alliance with the United States while strengthening the country’s defense capabilities to ensure peace in the Indo-Pacific region, amid China’s growing military clout.
“We will further boost the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. alliance, and for that purpose, Japan will need to strengthen its defense capabilities fundamentally,” Hayashi said in a speech laying out the government’s foreign policy vision and priorities at the opening of a regular parliament session.
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