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Monday, September 06, 2004

JapanToday > New defense plan urges flexibility to deal with new threats

Monday, September 6, 2004
Monday, September 6, 2004 at 07:19 JST
TOKYO — Japan's new defense strategy, to be compiled by the end of this year, will call for building a flexible defense capability focusing on new threats such as terrorism, representing a major shift from the current policy of building up a minimum defense capability against limited scale foreign attacks, according to its draft outline made available Sunday.
The draft proposes the Self-Defense Forces' international activities be defined as one of its primary missions. It also calls for doubling the number of airborne refueling aircraft to eight for fast deployment in international cooperation missions and establishing reserve forces which can be promptly dispatched overseas. (Kyodo News)
http://www.japantoday .com/e/?content=news&id =311167

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