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Abe keen to increase defense budget

  • March 3, 2017
  • , Asahi
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Asahi took up yesterday’s remarks at the Diet by Prime Minister Abe, who noted that his administration does not subscribe to the postwar policy of limiting annual defense spending to below 1% of GDP. He was quoted as saying: “My position is to secure the necessary funds to defend our country and people while taking into account the security environment in the Asia-Pacific and the state coffers. There is no upper limit of 1%.” The paper speculated that the premier may try to increase defense spending considerably by capitalizing on the Trump administration’s call for its allies to pay more for defense.   

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