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News (Intermediate)

5 October 2004
Problems for Koizumi

A report written for the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr Koizumi, recommends that Japan arming itself with long-range missiles to help manage its relationship with North Korea. It talks about the need for pre-emptive power.

This would changing the Japanese constitution. At present it forbids Japan from playing a in war. South Korea, China and many Japanese citizens be concerned about the recommendations the report.

This puts Mr Koizumi in a very delicate position he considers the future position of Japan on the world stage.