Nikkei, Yomiuri, and Sankei wrote that Prime Minister Suga told Newsweek that Japan is not constrained to keep its defense spending within 1% of GDP. “Even in a tough fiscal position, necessary defense spending will be budgeted,” Suga said, identifying the space and cyber domains as among the areas of focus for increased defense spending. When asked about Japan’s response to a possible contingency in the Taiwan Strait, Suga said that the important goal is to ensure the protection of Okinawa based on the U.S.-Japan alliance. As for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, Suga said that although the decision by the United States not to participate in the pact is understandable in view of the difficulties involved, the absence of the United States is very regrettable and he hopes Washington will return to the regional trade agreement. The interview was conducted on July 29 and published online this week.