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Japan to bulk up cybersecurity units for nation's defense

Private sector to be tapped amid growing threat from China and Russia

Ground Self-Defense Force personnel listen to a lecture on cyber defense at a base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Defense plans to increase its staff handing cybersecurity, including by hiring from the private sector, to deal with increasingly sophisticated attacks by China, Russia and others.

There were about 660 such personnel in the Self-Defense Forces as of the end of fiscal 2020. Plans call for increasing this to more than 1,000 by fiscal 2023.

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