The draft budget, including outlays for hosting U.S. military bases, rose 1.1% from the current fiscal year ending in March as Japan ramps up its defense capabilities.
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The LDP panel aims to draw up a proposal around next May after a series of discussions and hearings with experts. The proposal will be the basis for revising three key defense documents.
The PLA has integrated its conventional forces with new space, cyber, electromagnetic and cognitive domains to enhance its joint operations capabilities, a Defense Ministry think tank says.
Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and his Vietnamese counterpart General Phan Van Giang discussed recent developments in the South and East China seas.
The accord was inked in Hanoi during Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi's first trip overseas after assuming the post last year.
The ¥5.4 trillion request — much of which is intended to counter China's growing military muscle — would exceed fiscal 2021's record initial budget, rising for the tenth consecutive year.
Lt. Gen. Ricky Rupp is set to manage around 54,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan and coordinate with the country's Self-Defense Forces.
Ballooning costs are behind the move, with the U.S. side having upped its initial costs from ¥98 billion to ¥218 billion.
As Japan marks the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombings, nuclear threats continue to grow in the region while an existing nonproliferation treaty falls short of expectations.
As China increases its military pressure on Taiwan, Nobuo Kishi said Japan expects a "peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues" through dialogue.