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Japan to quadruple cyber defense forces, meeting threats head-on

Tokyo seeks greater capabilities to guard against China, North Korea

Japan is bolstering its cyber defense capabilities amid a sharp increase in cyberattacks worldwide. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- Japan will expand its cyber defense unit by more than fourfold to about 4,000 members, looking to counter China and North Korea's bigger forces as part of the government's new National Security Strategy.

The new security plans call for Tokyo to develop "active cyber defense," in which an attacker's systems can be penetrated and neutralized if an imminent threat is detected.

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