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Japan supports U.S.’s hard line toward China by boosting defense spending

During TBS’s “News 23” program, regular commentator Hoshi highlighted Prime Minister Kishida’s promise to President Biden that Japan will increase its defense spending “substantially,” conjecturing that as the ruling LDP has been calling for the administration to double the annual budget for the SDF to about 10 trillion yen in five years, the premier’s pledge is tantamount to Tokyo earmarking an additional 1 trillion yen for defense every year through FY2028. Noting that the U.S. leader’s comment vowing to intervene militarily to defend Taiwan if it is attacked by China probably means that Washington is taking a tougher approach toward Beijing, the former Asahi reporter said Tokyo backed America’s stance by committing to bolstering Japan’s defense capabilities.

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