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Business group leader Mimura to lead defense policy advisory panel

The head of a major business lobby will chair a government advisory panel to discuss revision of the upcoming national defense buildup guidelines, the government said Monday.

Akio Mimura, chairman of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will lead the nine-member panel to meet every two to three weeks, according to the government.

The first meeting of the panel is expected to be held later in the week with the final draft of the guideline due in December, according to a governmental source.

A missile defense plan to counter North Korea's ballistic missile threat and China's maritime assertiveness will likely be key topics discussed by the panel.

The National Defense Program Guidelines set defense capability targets that Japan should achieve over the next decade.

Mimura, former head of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., Japan's largest steelmaker, has served on several government advisory panels including the Central Education Council.

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