Defense Spending in Japan Expected to Increase Over the Next Five Years

Japan will continue increasing its defence budget over the next five years amid a fear that Russia will use nuclear weapons against Ukraine.

FREMONT, CA: On June 10, Fumio Kishida gave the keynote speech on the Shangri-La Dialogue's opening night. The International Institute for Strategic Studies, located in London, hosted a symposium in Singapore that focused on security challenges in the Asia-Pacific area. In the case of an onslaught on Japan, Kishida reaffirmed that greater defence funding may cover the procurement of counter-strike capabilities for hitting littoral and land-based targets. Previously, the government had been prohibited from gaining such capabilities under Japan's pacifist constitution. He also promised to keep working to advance Japanese security interests and deepen the US-Japan security alliance, which he described as the lynchpin for regional security and a springboard for multilayered security cooperation with like-minded countries. He also spoke about Japan's efforts to aid other regional countries, saying that the country will continue to provide capacity-building support to the region, particularly in the marine domain. These include marine patrol vessels, law enforcement capabilities, unmanned aircraft, and training for 800 employees in at least 20 countries over the next three years.

He predicted that the help, which will be delivered through the Quad group, which includes Japan, Australia, India, and the United States, will be worth USD three billion. The Philippines has previously received assistance from Japan in the shape of aeroplanes and spare parts.

The prime minister also announced that 1,500 people will be trained in the rule of law and governance across the region. Kishida also warned against dismissing Russia's invasion of Ukraine as someone else's problem describing the action as shaking the world system to its core. He stated that the region must be prepared for the same to occur in its immediate vicinity, when an entity may encroach on the peace and security of others in violation of international law.

In his speech, Kishida expressed his opposition to and concern over the deployment and the use of nuclear weapons. The United States struck Japan twice with nuclear weapons during World War II, once in Hiroshima and once in Nagasaki. Kishida urged countries to work toward a world free of nuclear weapons and chastised Russia and North Korea for threatening nuclear war. The Kremlin put its nuclear triad on high alert in late February, shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine. He also urged nuclear-armed states to declare their weapons stockpiles and requested the United States and China to engage in bilateral talks on nuclear disarmament and arms control.

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