Two changes have attracted particular attention: a massive increase in defence spending and the acquisition of 'counterstrike' capability -- the ability to hit enemy launch sites and command centres from a long distance.
- The policy changes have attracted almost no public opposition in Japan, suggesting that they are accepted, if reluctantly, as necessary.
- Political wrangling in Tokyo will focus on funding for the new plans, not their nature.
- Counterstrike forces functioning alongside the US military will integrate Japan deeper into US strategy and operations.
- Washington and Tokyo's other security partners have welcomed the changes, which will make Japan a more valuable ally.
- There will be opportunities for foreign defence contractors to sell to Japan and take part in joint development projects.