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New Def Min: New 5-Yr Plan For Strengthening Defence Capabilities

JAPAN

Wires carrying comments from newly-installed Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada, states that his ministry is planning to strengthen Japan's defence capabilities within the next five years.

  • Adds that a prominent focus is to fortify defences to Japan's southwest (i.e. towards Taiwan).
  • Robert Ward at the International Institute for Strategic Studies: "Japan’s new defence minister Hamada Yasukazu served a stint in the Koizumi administration as defence agency deputy director general. This was period of unprecedented change in Japan’s defence policy. The experience cld come in useful as Japan gears up for more defence changes."
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Wires carrying comments from newly-installed Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada, states that his ministry is planning to strengthen Japan's defence capabilities within the next five years.

  • Adds that a prominent focus is to fortify defences to Japan's southwest (i.e. towards Taiwan).
  • Robert Ward at the International Institute for Strategic Studies: "Japan’s new defence minister Hamada Yasukazu served a stint in the Koizumi administration as defence agency deputy director general. This was period of unprecedented change in Japan’s defence policy. The experience cld come in useful as Japan gears up for more defence changes."