Japan's military seeks record $66b budget amid 'severe threats'

Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air missile launch systems set up for a temporary deployment drill at the US Yokota Air Base in Tokyo in August last year. Besides seeking funding to improve the range and accuracy of its PAC-3 missiles, Japan
Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air missile launch systems set up for a temporary deployment drill at the US Yokota Air Base in Tokyo in August last year. Besides seeking funding to improve the range and accuracy of its PAC-3 missiles, Japan's Defence Ministry also wants to buy two sets of the US-made Aegis Ashore land-to-air missile defence system.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Defence Ministry to boost anti-missile systems, air and sea fleet, citing N. Korea and China's impact on security

Japan's Defence Ministry yesterday made its largest-ever budget request with the aim of bolstering the country's anti-missile systems and upgrading its air and sea fleet.

The request was made three days after the ministry in a White Paper said that Japan's security environment was "increasingly severe" due to North Korea and China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2018, with the headline 'Japan's military seeks record $66b budget amid 'severe threats''. Print Edition | Subscribe