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Japan to increase sailors by 500 to beef up missile defense 

  • November 12, 2020
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei reported on a GOJ plan to increase the number of MSDF personnel by 500. The additional sailors would be assigned to two Aegis warships to be constructed as platforms for the radar and interceptors developed for the canceled Aegis Ashore initiative. As the SDF has been running into difficulties recruiting new personnel in recent years, the GOJ is reportedly mulling the reassignment of GSDF soldiers to the MSDF, whose missions are expanding rapidly compared with the two other SDF branches.       

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