The draft budget, up 0.5% from the previous year, includes funding to introduce new standoff missiles capable of attacking enemy vessels from outside their firing range.
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The proposed deployment could allow China and Russia to justify further military expansion, experts say.
Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi also announced that Japan plans to develop standoff missiles that can be launched at targets from outside the range of enemy missiles.
Held since 1982, it is one of the largest-scale exercises conducted by the GSDF and the U.S. Army.
Given that a sea-based option is now more likely, some LDP lawmakers have raised concern that interoperability between the Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Navy may be undermined.
Experts say the move could drag Japan into a dangerous arms race with China that might force it to consider the acquisition of offensive weapons.
More companies are innovating to offer novel solutions to dry skin and sore ears.
Some are casting doubt on whether the country can provide adequate testing and promote effective policies to contain the outbreak.
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Foreign diplomats in Japan have toured a sake brewery near Tokyo to study how the beverage is made in a project the government and the sake industry hope will promote the traditional rice wine overseas. The National Tax Agency, which co-hosted the project with the ...