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Japan to locate Self-Defense Forces joint command near PM office

Tokyo aims to build coordination needed in any Taiwan crisis

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force conduct a drill in Okinawa.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A new permanent joint command overseeing all three branches of the Japan Self-Defense Forces will be located in Tokyo near the prime minister's office, Nikkei has learned.

The government led by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida approved the creation of the JSDF joint command in the revised National Defense Strategy published in December. The document did not specify the timetable or the location of the new body due to ongoing deliberations among policymakers.

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