Japan to ‘drastically strengthen’ military capability – draft

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By Takaya Yamaguchi TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan aims to “drastically strengthen” its military capabilities, according to an economic policy draft seen by Reuters, as officials worry that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could prompt instability in East Asia. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, meeting U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday, pledged to “substantially increase” Japan’s defence budget. The draft, a long-term economic outline that is updated annually, does not gives details about spending, but says for the first time: “There have been attempts to unilaterally change the status quo by force in East …

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