Japan defence ministry asks for $40 bn budget with eyes on Russia, China

SpaceWar.com reports: “Japan’s defence ministry requested a $40 billion budget on Wednesday, pointing to the war in Ukraine and warning that the world faces its ‘toughest challenges’ since World War II.

Japan’s defence spending has risen almost annually over the last decade, but pressure has grown for more following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and China’s growing pressure on Taiwan.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has promised sweeping upgrades, and his defence ministry unveiled a wishlist including armed drones and research on hypersonic missiles.

‘The international community faces a period of the toughest challenges since World War II. The existing order faces serious challenges, as the world enters a new era of crisis,’ the ministry warned in its request…”

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