Power Play

From samurai to AI: How Japan is responding to new security challenges

The war in Ukraine has highlighted the importance of hybrid warfare at a time when Japan faces a regional security environment that it describes as the worst since World War II.

Japan Self-Defence Force personnel conducting a military drill next to an anti-ship missile system in Miyako, Okinawa, on April 21, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Unlike the majestic samurai on horseback emblazoned on the black-and-white cover of Japan's annual defence report last year, this year's White Paper adopted an avant-garde, psychedelic look.

The 500-page tome, released last Friday, bore a colourful cover designed by artificial intelligence (AI), in recognition of the "hybrid security challenges that need cutting-edge technologies to overcome".

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