Carter Hails New U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines as Transformative

April 8, 2015 5:45 AM

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The first revision of U.S.-Japan defense guidelines since 1997 will transform the two countries’ alliance, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said after a meeting Wednesday with Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani.

Japan and the U.S. are scheduled to complete the new guidelines in the coming weeks as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bids to bolster the country’s military stance amid a territorial dispute with an increasingly assertive China. An expanded military role for Japan is a more popular idea among U.S. citize...

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