TOKYO — Japan's
If approved by parliament, the budget request submitted Wednesday would be the fifth annual increase under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who ended a decade of
Japan is particularly concerned about North Korea's recent nuclear and missile development, saying it has increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula and poses a threat to regional and global security.
The budget request includes:
— 105.6 billion yen ($1 billion) to upgrade a dozen of Japan's PAC-3 surface-to-air missile
— 14.7 billion yen ($140 million) to acquire next-generation missile interceptors jointly developed by Japan and the U.S., and to upgrade the capabilities of the destroyers that would carry them.
— 76 billion yen ($735 million) to develop a new submarine with advanced surveillance capabilities in the face of growing Chinese activity in the East China Sea.
— 74.6 billion yen ($720 million) to station guard units on the southern islands of Miyakojima and Amami Oshima.
Japan is bolstering surveillance and
Under Abe, parliament enacted security legislation last year to enhance the country's military role, and revised its bilateral
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