BLUFThe Japanese Government is considering doubling Japan’s defence spending over the next five years, with the goal of moving from less than one per cent of GDP, to two percent.
This article by Colin Clark, writing for Breaking Defense, makes the following points:
- The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has called for the development of a counterattack capability that can target enemy military bases or command and control systems.
- If the government does act on its party’s recommendations, it would continue a push by the LDP away from Japan’s post World War II reluctance towards having anything more than a self-defence military.
- The plan comes as Germany is also moving away from its own post-WWII reluctance for military use.
- The LDP document was released in anticipation of a strategy document Japan is expected to release in December.
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