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The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Wednesday submitted to the government its proposal for revising Japan’s most important defense and diplomacy documents, including its National Security Strategy, in a move that could signal big changes ahead for the country’s security policies.

The proposal, which aims to drastically revise three key documents — the National Security Strategy (NSS), National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) and the Medium-Term Defense Force Buildup Program (MTDP) — amid what it calls Japan’s “increasingly severe” security environment, was submitted to Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and later Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

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