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Jan 27, 2013 | 17:22 GMT

Japan: Number Of Military Personnel Will Increase, Defense Minister Says

Japan will increase its military personnel by 287 members, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Jan. 27, Reuters reported. According to Onodera, this represents the biggest increase in two decades. The announcement follows the Cabinet's Jan. 25 decision to create a new national defense program aimed at improving the country's security capabilities. Regional security threats, particularly China's recent aggression in territorial disputes, have spurred Japan's efforts toward full normalization.

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