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Japan to reorganize Self-Defense Forces under joint command

New units seen bolstering capabilities as Taiwan tensions mount

The Ground Self-Defense Force will upgrade its 15th Brigade, responsible for defending Okinawa Prefecture, to a division as part of a broader reorganization.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The Japanese government plans to put all three branches of the Self-Defense Forces under a joint command, aiming to improve readiness in response to heightened regional threats.

The ground, maritime and air forces will operate under a single commander after an organizational shake-up to be completed within five years.

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