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The National Security Council plans to take the lead in crafting Japan’s military buildup — a move expected to give the Prime Minister’s Office more say in selecting defense equipment, a government source said Saturday.

The aim of the new arrangement is to make the allocation of the defense budget more effective through top-down decision making, including for new security areas such as cyber and space. Under the current format, budget requests from the Self-Defense Forces are taken into account and coordinated, the source said.

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