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Japan’s defense spending to come under scrutiny following election

  • November 1, 2021
  • , Asahi
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Monday’s Asahi reported that following the ruling coalition’s victory in the general election, greater attention will be focused on how the Kishida administration manages relations with the United States since Washington has been asking Tokyo to play a more active role in the security arena. The daily said the administration’s commitment to “strengthening Japan’s self-defense capabilities” as cited in the bilateral joint statement released in April by President Biden and former Prime Minster Suga will be tested when it compiles the defense budget in December as calls are growing from the LDP and the United States to spend more than 1% of GDP on defense. The daily also projected that the Kishida administration will be pressed by Washington to coordinate even more closely to ensure economic security by building resilient supply chains that are free of Chinese influence.

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