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Japan plans to allocate at least ¥770 billion ($6.74 billion) for defense in a supplementary budget expected to be announced along with an economic stimulus package on Friday.

That amount — the most for defense in a supplementary budget — would dwarf the ¥430 billion earmarked in an extra budget in fiscal 2019, and would include outlays for strengthening Japan’s defense capabilities near the southwestern islands.

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