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Gist of Japan’s new defense guidelines, midterm buildup program

  • December 18, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 11:03 a.m.
  • English Press

The following is the gist of the new National Defense Program Guidelines and the fiscal 2019-2023 midterm defense buildup program approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday.



— will upgrade Izumo-class helicopter carriers so that they can transport and launch fighter jets.

— will newly buy 18 F-35B fighter jets capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings.

— will beef up defense in new domains of warfare such as cyber and outer space.

— aims to build “multidimensional” defense abilities for operations across various domains.

— expresses “strong concern” over China’s military activities.

— will install two land-based Aegis missile systems.

— will spend a record over 27 trillion yen in the five-year period.

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