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Abe: New security plan to be in defense guidelines

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan's new security policy will be reflected in the Japan-US defense cooperation guidelines that will be reviewed by the end of the year.

Abe was speaking at the Upper House Budget Committee on Tuesday about the recent Cabinet decision to reinterpret the Constitution to enable Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense.

A legislator of the governing Liberal Democratic Party noted that the Cabinet decision, new legislation, and the review of the guidelines should be incorporated in Japan's mid-term defense policy.

Abe replied that relevant government offices are working together and a team has been formed to draw up specific legislation.

He said work to review the Japan-US defense guidelines will be carried out by the end of the year, which is the schedule that has been agreed upon.

He said however, as of now, there is no need to change the Self-Defense Forces' system or defense expenditures and thus there will be no need to review the current mid-term defense policy.

Jul. 15, 2014 - Updated 05:27 UTC