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Three out of four Japanese support increasing defense spending

  • May 24, 2022
  • , Mainichi
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Mainichi highlighted the results of a public opinion poll showing that some 76% of respondents were in favor of ramping up the nation’s defense budget either substantially or to some extent. As for the ruling LDP’s call for allowing the SDF to acquire “counterstrike capabilities,” 66% expressed support for it while 22% were opposed. The daily speculated that many Japanese people have grown aware of the importance of strengthening Japan’s defense capabilities following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Some 55% pinned hopes on improved relations with South Korea under President Yoon.

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