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    Japan Defence Plan Counting on AI Tech Boost Amid Personnel Shortage - Reports

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The new Japan's National Defence Program Guidelines will require more efforts to develop artificial intelligence technology and unmanned systems in order to compensate for an expected military personnel shortage, the NHK broadcaster reported.

    The new guidelines are expected to be revised in December for the first time in five years, according to the NHK broadcaster.

    According to the media outlet, additional funds and personnel must be allocated for the development of the country's space and cyberspace defence capabilities amid the development of advanced weapon systems in China.

    The guidelines will also require raising the retirement age and introducing more unmanned systems to boost the country's defensive capabilities due to declining birthrate, which means that the Japanese Self-Defense Forces will face shortages in the future.

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    The report comes after a draft project of the document was presented by the government to a panel of experts.

    Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters that Japan would continue to rely on the United States in issues related to attacking enemy bases.

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