Japan’s Growing Military Strength Not a Threat, Says Defense Minister

Japan will not use its growing military strength to threaten other countries, its defense minister said on Saturday, while affirming its aim to prioritize diplomatic efforts and dialogue to avert misunderstandings.

“We do not seek rivalry or conflict,” Yasukazu Hamada said in a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a security conference in Singapore with 600 delegates from 49 countries.

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