Japan signs off biggest ever defence budget as Senkaku tensions rise

Tokyo approves 5.05tn yen on defense spending to counter growing Chinese influence in the region.

 

Chinese coastguard ship near the Senkaku islands  in the East China Sea
A Chinese coastguard ship near the Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

 

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Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Kurama (R) leads destroyer Hyuga as a Japanese naval flag flutters during a naval fleet review at Salami Bay, south of Tokyo.  Photograph: Yuriko Nakao/Reuter/Reuters

 

Old news but worth repeating since India is seeking to spend $2 billion ….

also in response to China’s increasing military influence in its region.

Japan has announced its biggest ever defence budget in response to China’s increasing military influence in the region and Beijing’s claims to a group of disputed islands administered by Tokyo.

The 4.98 trillion yen (US$ 42bn) budget approved by the cabinet on Wednesday is up 2% from last year and marks the third straight increase after more than a decade of cuts.

The rise is in line with Japan’s more assertive defence policy under the conservative prime minister, Shinzo Abe, as he seeks to counter Chinese influence and remove the postwar legal shackles from his country’s military.

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/14/japan-reveals-record-defence-budget-as-tensions-with-china-grow