Japanese government urges another increase in military spending

The New York Times
August 31, 2016

Japan’s current budget request to increase defense spending and expand missile capabilities does not suggest that the nation is switching postures from primarily defensive to more offensive, Sasakawa USA’s Dr. Jeffrey Hornung said in an Aug. 31 article in The New York Times.

“If they started to procure long-range bombers or intercontinental ballistic missiles, those would be the things where I would say, ‘Now we are seeing something radically different,’” Hornung said in the article.

The article, by author Motoko Rich, describes increasing threats from North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program and China’s incursions into waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands, as well as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government’s request to increase spending on armed forces and work with the U.S. to develop advanced antiballistic missiles with longer ranges.

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