How ready is Japan to deal with a Taiwan conflict?

Its defence budget is set to rise but some solutions call for more than just money.

Japan Ground Self Defence Force members in a military display before a V-22 Osprey in Chiba prefecture in June. PHOTO: AFP
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Japan's latest defence procurement plan is a telling snapshot of the sum of its fears about an increasingly dangerous neighbourhood.

Among other things, it is considering developing a cruise missile that would have a range of over 1,000 km - breaking a decades-old range limit imposed on its Self Defence Forces but necessary if it is to be able to effectively hit targets within North Korea or China from ships and fighter jets.

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