Abe Vows to Work on Helping SDF Fulfill Duties

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Yokosuka, Kanagawa Pref., March 17 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday underscored his intention to step up efforts for helping Self-Defense Forces personnel fully perform their duties.

"The SDF has now won the trust of 90 pct of the public," Abe said at a graduation ceremony of the National Defense Academy in the city of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

"Now it's our turn to make all-out efforts to prepare an environment where SDF members can fulfill their duties with a strong pride," he added.

The prime minister is believed to have reiterated his determination to clarify the existence of the SDF in the country's constitution.

In reference to the government's new national defense guidelines, adopted late last year, Abe said, "We'll push forward with reforms at a speed fundamentally different from the past in order to build defense capabilities for the next era so that our country can maintain its advantage in the areas of cyber and outer space, and electromagnetic waves."

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