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Komeito leader expresses opposition to LDP goal of doubling defense spending  

  • October 16, 2021
  • , Asahi
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Saturday’s Asahi reported on an interview with Komeito Chief Representative Yamaguchi on Friday. He reportedly voiced a cautious position about the LDP’s goal pronounced in the general election policy manifesto of ramping up the defense budget to 2% or more of the GDP. “In implementing defense policy, Japan should not become a player that destabilizes the region and instead thoroughly maintain an exclusively defense-oriented policy,” he was quoted as saying: “I don’t think people would approve of a policy to sharply increase or double defense expenditures.”    

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