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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday took a cautious approach to acquiring a nuclear-powered submarine as part of plans to boost the country’s defenses, a call made by some opposition parties ahead of next month’s Upper House election.

“I’m not so sure if making the leap to a nuclear submarine is a good idea,” Kishida said in an appearance on a Fuji TV program with other party leaders. He cited the difficulty of using nuclear power for military purposes under Japan’s atomic energy law as well as high operating costs.

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