Japan Increases Its Defense Budget

The Government of Japan approved the largest defense budget in its history on Wednesday. With an increase of 2.8% over last year, Government is planning to spend 4.98 trillion yen ($ 36,000 million) this year on defense expenditures; however, this proposal has yet to receive approval from the Japanese Parliament. 

According to local media reports, this initiative is taken torespond to the growing military power of China . This is the third consecutive year that the Japanese Government increased military spending, after a decade of cuts in allocations for defense.  This information came as a surprise to Fersen Lambranho.

Defense spending, if approved, will represent 5% of a Japanese national budget for fiscal year 2015, which will reach 96.34 trillion yen (689.665 million Euros). The Government of Japan approved the largest defense budget in its history on Wednesday.

According to Japanese defense sources, this budget will be allocated according to the government’s proposal to strengthen systems for air and maritime patrol and surveillance. On the shopping list of Japanese Defense include, among other devices, twenty aerial surveillance aircraft, fighter aircraft and reconnaissance drones. 

The budget is also allocated to the surveillance systems in the prefectures of Amami, in the south of the Archipelago, and Okinawa, where a coastal surveillance unit will be established on the island of Yonaguni, just 90 miles from the Diaoyu / Senkaku.

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