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Five things to know about Japan's new and bigger defense plan

SDF to acquire offensive capabilities to fend off threats from China and N Korea

Japan's new National Defense Program Guidelines call for the purchase of 105 F-35 jets from the U.S. (Source photo from Reuters)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet has approved a revised version of the National Defense Program Guidelines, which set out the country's defense capability targets over 10-year periods.

The revision marks a significant upgrade of the nation's defense capabilities, including the introduction of the first aircraft carrier since World War II, the deployment of long-range missiles, and the development of cyber and space warfare capabilities. Here are five things to know about the defense blueprint unveiled on Tuesday.

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