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Japan aims to recruit 500 new crew for future Aegis ships

With fewer young people joining, transfer from other services seen as an option

Japan's Aegis-equipped ship Maya off Yokohama.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The Japanese government plans to recruit some 500 Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel to crew two future Aegis ships but faces a shortage of young people willing to join up, and so will consider breaking the barriers between the three services to move personnel from the ground and air forces.

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