February 6, 2023

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Japan wants one of the world’s strongest armies, with US President Joe Biden backing a “historic reform” of Japanese defense

The new Japanese defense strategy will almost double military spending by 2027, as Tokyo wants to increase the budget from 1 percent of GDP to nearly 2 percent. A big change for Japan with its calm attitude. Japan also wants to buy long-range missiles, including Tomahawk missiles. They are cruise missiles with a range of at least 1,200 kilometers. In addition, the Japanese are going to build a defensive wall of military installations, which should deter China.

Japan is currently one of the ten strongest militaries in the world and this amendment aims to rise sharply up the list. But to realize this military expansion, Japan needs the support of the United States. Biden received this support. Japan is strategically important to the US as the country forms a buffer against China. On the Japanese island of Okinawa, the Americans have one of the largest military bases in the world. Japan and the United States want to strengthen their economic cooperation.

The Americans and Japanese earlier agreed to extend the Japan-US space defense agreement. Also, they signed an agreement on space exploration yesterday at NASA headquarters.

This is Japanese Prime Minister Kishida’s first visit to Washington.

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