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Japan to increase number of MSDF members by 2,000 

Mainichi reported in a front-page article that the GOJ has decided to recruit more MSDF personnel to crew Aegis warships tasked with monitoring ballistic missile launches by North Korea. The Defense Ministry reportedly plans to earmark funds in FY2021 budget with the goal of increasing the number of MSDF members from the present 43,000 to 45,000 in several years. Noting that an idea has emerged for MSDF Aegis warships to be responsible for the ballistic missile tracking and intercepting missions that were expected to be borne by Aegis Ashore batteries, the paper noted that the MSDF is in desperate need of more personnel at a time when its capacity has been overwhelmed due to North Korea’s missile provocations and China’s relentless operations in the East China Sea.  

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