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Xinhua reports one of the most significant developments in Asia:

Japan’s Cabinet adopted Friday a new fiscal 2011-2015 midterm defense buildup program which eyes more proactive policies and “dynamic defense capability”.

The new guidelines reflect a shift from the old basic defense concept, which is designed to maintain the minimum necessary basic defense capability for Japan to avoid becoming a destabilizing factor in the region.

The new concept, called “dynamic defense capability”, aims to make Japan’s Self-Defense Forces troops more ready, mobile and flexible to address security concerns.

The outline sees a reorganization of Japanese troops to cut down on personnel in Hokkaido Prefecture in the country’s north and reduce the Cold War-era equipment and formation and instead boost security around southwest islands.

The guidelines also stress Japan’s need to strengthen its defense cooperation with those countries it shares “democratic values” such as South Korea, Australia and India, in addition to its key ally, the United States.

The outline also plays up China’s military threat, saying China ‘s rise and increasing naval activities in waters surrounding Japan a “matter of concern”.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

December 18, 2010 at 7:26 am

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