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Japan's new Restoration Party seeks more defense spending

Japan Restoration Party leader and nationalist former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara (front L) and his deputy, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto (front R) take their seats at a joint news conference to unveil their party's election campaign platform in Tokyo November 29, 2012. The new Japanese party that hopes to become a force to contend with in a Dec. 16 general election is calling for more defence spending to protect national interests and lower corporate and income taxes to bolster the economy, local media reported on Thursday. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan Restoration Party leader and nationalist former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara (front L) and his deputy, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto (front R) take their seats at a joint news conference to unveil their party's election campaign platform in...more

Japan Restoration Party leader and nationalist former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara (front L) and his deputy, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto (front R) take their seats at a joint news conference to unveil their party's election campaign platform in Tokyo November 29, 2012. The new Japanese party that hopes to become a force to contend with in a Dec. 16 general election is calling for more defence spending to protect national interests and lower corporate and income taxes to bolster the economy, local media reported on Thursday. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Japan Restoration Party leader and nationalist former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara (L) and his deputy, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto attend a joint news conference to unveil their party's election campaign platform in Tokyo November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan Restoration Party leader and nationalist former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara (L) and his deputy, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto attend a joint news conference to unveil their party's election campaign platform in Tokyo November 29, 2012....more

Japan Restoration Party leader and nationalist former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara (L) and his deputy, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto attend a joint news conference to unveil their party's election campaign platform in Tokyo November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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