Of all the principles of Japan's national defense policy, perhaps the most significant principles for the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) charges the state with developing gradually an effective defensive. Power within the bounds of national capabilities.
Auer, James E.
"Japans Maritime Self-Defense Force: An Appropriate Maritime Strategy?,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 24
, Article 2.
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