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Cyber- and electronic warfare at core of Japan's defense policy

Guidelines for five-year plan aim to guard against today's threats

Boeing's electronic warfare aircraft EA-18G speacializes in radar jamming and deception. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

TOKYO -- Japan will revise defense policy guidelines with an eye toward modern threats in areas like cyber, space and electronic warfare, seeking to adapt to a rapidly evolving security environment and bolstering cooperation with the U.S. military.

The government aims to update toward the end of the year its National Defense Program Guidelines, which will guide the medium-term defense plan that will set targets for spending and equipment buildup for five years from fiscal 2019. An advisory panel will soon begin discussions to kick off the process.

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