3 weeks Japan’s military seeks record $52B budget Manilatimes |World
TOKYO: Japan’s defense ministry on Wednesday unveiled a record $52-billion budget request in a push to maintain military readiness under pressure from China and North Korea. The military budget has been rising steadily for nearly a decade, with Japan saying it feels threatened by China’s vast military resources and territorial disputes, as well as unpredictable North Korea. Pyongyang has repeatedly tested nuclear devices in recent years, and also missiles — including some flown over Japan.
Chinese pair trawlers head towards fishing grounds in the Sea of Japan, or the East Sea in October 2016. The Ministry ... more