Japan to increase defence spending in a show of strength to neighbours
Since the Second World War, Japan’s constitution has stopped it from building up armed forces which have the ability ‘to wage war’. But it is allowed to maintain a force with which it can defend itself. In response to growing regional threats, the newly-elected government plans to increase spending on that force for the first time in a decade.
One of Japan's political priorities under its new government led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be to boost the capability of its Self-Defence Forces (SDF).
There are three reasons behind his plan.
The first is to show key neighbours in the region, particularly China and North Korea, that ...
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