Japan, U.S. extend deadline for new Asian security guidelines

December 19, 2014 2:24 AM

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Japan, U.S. extend deadline for new Asian security guidelines

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States on Friday extended by six months a deadline to revise guidelines for their security cooperation in order to give Tokyo a more prominent military role in East Asia.

The delay beyond an initial year-end target is the result in part of a snap election that distracted Japan's ruling elite and the November resignation of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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