Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera announced on 23 January that the government in Tokyo will revise the National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPGs) by the end of 2018 to “confront the harsh reality of the security environment surrounding Japan”.
Speaking to reporters Onodera said the revised NDPGs shall reflect the need to enhance the country’s defences against North Korean ballistic missiles and highlight the “vital role” cyberspace and space will play for Japan’s national security in the coming years.
The minister also stressed the need for defending the southern Nansei Islands (also known as Ryukyu Islands). These include the uninhabited Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, which are administered by Japan but are also claimed by China.
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