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The central government appears increasingly likely to change how it refers to Russia in the National Security Strategy, which is set to be revised by the end of the year, following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

The strategy, which lays out Tokyo’s basic policy for diplomacy and security, currently calls for promoting Japan-Russia cooperation in the fields of security and energy. But given Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine, the new strategy could use strong language when referring to Russia, observers said.

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