Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Japan raises military spending as tensions rise in South China Sea

Japan’s military is demanding a record high defence budget to buy new fighter jets, missiles, missile interceptors, submarines, and to station troops and amphibious assault craft to defend against the growing threat from China and North Korea. The newly appointed defence minister, Tomomi Inada has formally requested 5.17 trillion yen (£38 billion) for the 2017 financial year to strengthen Japan’s military resources.

Assuming it is approved by Japan’s Diet, it will be country’s biggest defence budget ever ... a 2.3 percent boost.
One of the biggest portions of the military budget, about $1 billion, would go on upgrading Japan’s PAC-3 Patriot surface-to-air missile defense systems.

Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer Kurama.
The Japanese military also wants to develop a new submarine with advanced surveillance capabilities, work with the US on next-generation missile interceptors, station a 2,000-strong mobile amphibious unit near Nagasaki, and dispatch extra personnel in the Philippines and other Asian nations.

After coming to power in 2012, Abe overturned a decade of defense cuts and steered the country away from its post-World War Two pacifist stance by pushing for a larger role for the military.