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Japan's Defense Ministry to set up cyber department at its academy

Training to start in 2028 if approved by agency; other efforts already underway

The March 2022 graduation ceremony at Japan's National Defense Academy in the Kanagawa prefecture city of Yokosuka. (Pool photo)

TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Defense is considering establishing a new cyber department at the National Defense Academy in fiscal 2027 to train candidates with strengths in the field, which is gaining importance in defense, for executive positions in the Self-Defense Forces.

The academy expects to begin accepting students in April 2028. Students will learn practical skills such as how to detect viruses and other malware or check for network vulnerabilities, and learn other cyber-specific technologies.

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