Japan and U.S. look to extend naval missions after law change

March 31, 2015 7:08 AM

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Japan and U.S. look to extend naval missions after law change

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to revise the constitution to allow Tokyo's right to collective self defense will pave the way for closer cooperation between U.S. and Japanese forces in Asia, a top U.S. commander said on Tuesday.

Expanded training and joint missions could extend across Asia from Japan through the disputed South China Sea - claimed in whole or part by China, Vietnam, the Philippines and other nations in the region - into the Indian Ocean.

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