Japan is embarking on a programme of building up its military capability, with its defence budget set to increase significantly for the first time in more than a decade. The change in policy comes amid growing fears of a changing balance of power between China and the US in the region. Tokyo is also increasingly concerned over the islands dispute with Beijing, and the belligerent noises emanating from North Korea.

<i>Japan has reversed the trend of shrinking its defence budget and is starting to invest in its military, particularly in naval and amphibious capabilities. The move comes in spite of high public debt and very complex domestic challenges, such as a substantial reform...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
The focus of the defence ministry has shifted toward Japan’s naval and amphibious capabilities
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