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LDP panel to propose increasing defense budget to 2% of GDP in five years 

  • April 21, 2022
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All national dailies wrote that senior members of an LDP panel on security affairs headed by former Defense Minister Onodera agreed on Wednesday that the panel will recommend to the GOJ that Japan’s defense budget be increased from the current 1% to more than 2% of GDP within the next five years. The papers wrote that the panel is also planning to recommend allowing Japan to acquire capabilities to attack enemy bases and changing the wording of the phrase “capabilities to attack enemy bases.” However, the panel members failed to reach a consensus on new wording on Wednesday and decided to leave the decision up to Onodera.  

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