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A ruling Liberal Democratic Party panel on Tuesday called for a boost in Japan’s defense budget, which has stayed at around 1 percent of gross domestic product for decades, touching on NATO’s 2 percent target as a “reference.”

The proposal is part of a midterm report on defense issues worked out by the LDP’s Research Commission on Security. The paper will not be submitted immediately to the government, but will be used as a springboard for further discussions in compiling an official proposal by next spring, a senior commission member said.

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