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Jan 25, 2013 | 07:10 GMT

Japan: Cabinet Will Craft New Defense Program

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet decided Jan. 25 to create a new national defense program by the end of 2013 that will improve the country's defense capabilities as the regional security environment becomes increasingly severe, Kyodo reported. The government in fiscal 2013 will increase defense spending for the first time in 11 years. China's rise and favorable public opinion are leading Japan toward officially normalizing its military.

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