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Japan eyes 10-year horizon for defense procurement

Longer view to focus on fundamental upgrades first, advanced weapons next

An F-2 fighter jet is stripped for parts. Resolving parts shortages is part of a proposed defense procurement update. (Photo courtesy of Japan's Defense Ministry)

TOKYO -- Japanese policymakers will consider extending the country's defense procurement plan to 10 years from five to better increase readiness for such threats as a Taiwan crisis.

Japan is updating three documents next month that govern defense policy: the National Security Strategy, the National Defense Program Guidelines and the Medium Term Defense Program. The first two cover a period of around 10 years.

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