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Japan approves new defense strategy to boost self-reliance

China slams Tokyo's plans to increase spending, add counterstrike capability

Japan will create a "Permanent Joint Command," which will be responsible for coordinating between the ground, maritime and air branches of the Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Russia's war on Ukraine and the risk of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan highlight the need for Japan to build an independent system of defense that is not solely reliant on the U.S. military, according to three documents approved by the government on Friday.

The papers, including the "National Security Strategy" (NSS), lay out policies such as increasing defense spending to 2% of gross domestic product and acquiring counterstrike capability to hit enemy missile launch sites.

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