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Will Japan be better protected with counterstrike capabilities?

2 experts weigh in on ruling party's security recommendations, including more spending

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida inspects Ground Self-Defense Force equipment in November. Japan will update its security strategy this year for the first time since 2013.   © Reuters

BEIJING/WASHINGTON -- As Japan prepares to update its National Security Strategy this year for the first time since 2013, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has issued a set of policy recommendations aimed at bolstering the country's defensive capabilities.

Highlights include a call for Japan to develop "counterstrike capabilities," and to double the defense budget to 2% or more of its gross domestic product. The document, compiled amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine and China's increasing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific, has drawn a mixed response from experts overseas.

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