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Bill Gives Japan’s Defense Chief New Powers

Japan’s Parliament on Friday approved legislation authorizing the defense chief to shoot down missiles without permission from the prime minister or Cabinet, boosting a missile defense system Japan is working on with the United States. The bill, backed by the ruling party, easily passed the upper house in a 126-94 vote. It cleared the more powerful lower house last month, meaning the legislation will now be enacted. Full Story

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