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Japan eyes $36bn in spending on standoff missiles, hypersonics

Five-year defense program puts emphasis on counterstrike capability

Japan plans to improve the range of its Type 12 surface-to-ship missile. (Photo courtesy of the Ground Self-Defense Force)

TOKYO -- Japan's government is considering a 5 trillion yen ($36 billion) allocation for standoff missiles and related weapons as part of a multiyear defense spending program that would boost Japanese forces' ability to strike at a distance.

Tokyo seeks to upgrade the range of the homegrown Type 12 surface-to-ship guided missiles, as well as to buy U.S.-made Tomahawk cruise missiles, according to a proposal presented to ruling coalition lawmakers on Tuesday.

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