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Japan will become a more formidable military power

Friday, December 23, 2022

Significance

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.

Impacts

  • 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.

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