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Japan plans to deploy hypersonic missiles and upgraded carrier

Draft guidelines raise eyebrows over growing offensive capabilities

The Izumo military helicopter carrier of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) . Japan has been beefing up its defense capabilities in order to counter rising threats in the region.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is looking to deploy long-range and hypersonic missiles as part of guidelines due out this month, though some critics say such equipment goes beyond the Self-Defense Forces' purely defensive mandate.

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