Japan Builds Up Defense In Response to China

Japan will spend about $49 billion on defense in the fiscal year to March 2015
Japan Builds Up Defense In Response to China

Image Credits: U.S. Navy (Public Domain)

by Geoff Hiscock | CNN | August 13, 2014


Japan’s new defense white paper has done little to mend fences with Beijing, with the Chinese government complaining that its Asian neighbor is using the “China threat” to justify a bigger defense budget.

Japan will spend about $49 billion on defense in the fiscal year to March 2015 — up about 3% from the previous year — in the face of what it says is a worsening security environment in the region. It cites tensions on the Korean peninsula and territorial disputes in the sea lanes running south from northern Asia as its key concerns.

Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan is becoming more assertive about its defense posture, and is looking to upgrade its military over the next four years with bigger helicopter carriers, more anti-submarine patrol aircraft, surveillance drones, better amphibious warfare capability, and first deliveries in 2018 of its new fifth-generation fighter, the U.S.-made F35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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