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Japan reportedly plans new joint command to manage armed forces

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Japan reportedly plans new joint command to manage armed forces

FILE PHOTO. 5th and 8th Air Wing of Japan Air Self-Defense Force's F-15 and F-2 fighters hold a joint military drill with U.S. Marine Aircraft Group 12's F-35B fighters off Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu, Japan, in this handout picture taken by Japan Air Self-Defense Force and released by the Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan October 4, 2022.

Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan via Reuters

The Nikkei newspaper reports that Japan aims to have the joint command functioning by 2024

TOKYO, Japan – Japan will set up a new joint command to manage the operations of its land, sea and air forces, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Saturday, October 29, as part of a major defense overhaul in the face of China’s increasing assertiveness over Taiwan.

The government aims to have the joint command functioning by 2024. It will be tasked with coordinating strategies and boosting Japan’s defense cooperation with the U.S. military, Nikkei reported.

The defense ministry could not be reached for comment outside regular business hours.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government is boosting its military spending in response to China’s growing might and geopolitical uncertainty over Taiwan and North Korea’s missile developments.

The new arrangements will be included in the defense overhaul that the government will unveil by the yearend, Nikkei said.

The joint command will be overseen by a joint commander, a newly created position that will report directly to Japan’s defense minister, it added. – Rappler.com

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