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How to defend weak Japan: A bitter national security reality

As military balance shifts and China gains dominance, Japan restructures

Tokyo this year will recast its national defense program guidelines, which define key security policy challenges and detail how they will be tackled.   © Maritime Staff Office/Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan faces a crucial crossroads in 2022 as it revises for the first time the national security strategy it announced at the end of 2013. The recalibration will result in a reconfiguration of Japan's relationships with the rest of the world.

As it works on the national security strategy, Tokyo will also revise the national defense program guidelines that define Japan's key defense policy challenges and detail how they will be tackled during a 10-year period. This year's endeavor will amount to updating the nation's most basic security and foreign policy assumptions, taking into account today's radically altered geopolitical landscape.

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