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Japan under pressure to shed Cold War focus on ground defense

SDF slow to evolve along with security priorities even as budget swells

TOKYO -- As major military powers like the U.S. and China shift focus from ground to sea and air, Japan will kick off a review of its National Security Strategy next year to better adapt to the changing global environment.

2022 is expected to be a landmark year for the Japanese defense establishment, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also planning to update two other key documents: the National Defense Program Guidelines, which set basic defense policy for the next decade, and the Medium Term Defense Program, which outlines five-year plans for defense spending.

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