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Japan launches security council

Updated: 2013-12-05 07:12
By Cai Hong in Tokyo and Zhou Wa in Beijing ( China Daily)

Body paves way to strengthen Tokyo's military capabilities

With an eye on China, Japan established its US-style National Security Council on Wednesday, a move that analysts said will speed up Tokyo's policy decisions relating to diplomacy and defense.

The launch marked a major step in efforts by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to give the Cabinet greater power to strengthen the country's defense capabilities, said observers.

Japan launches security council