Japan to boost defense budget by more than Y180 bil

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    papigiulio

    sure because we have way too much money anyways. Why the fudge aren't they spending this in areas where needed. I repeat once again: TO HO KU! ffs

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    Cortes Elijah

    Try and take the islands by force China and see what happens. Everyone knows. Yes China could take them right now...but would loose them after a matter of weeks...and would damage their trade and relationships for the next 50 years. Please China and Japan. Stop flexing your arms and flex your lips....speak like mature people and solve this without violence!

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    noriyosan73

    The USA taxpayer says thank you. The USA defense industry says thank you. The next step is to change the constitution.

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    sfjp330

    China will be importing 80 percent of their needs by 2030. They are adding 18 million cars a year. It would seem that the future escalation of island dispute with China is all about oil. Until the world realizes oil is the cause of war and goes to alternative energy there will be no end to conflict.

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    tokyo-star

    I don't know how Hong Lei can keep a straight face when addressing the media. Surely he must think that he sounds stupid talking about China's claims.

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    wackness

    This is a bad path to go down for Japan. These are poor priorities.

    I really wish Japan was looking forward, not back.

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    rickyvee

    a billion dollars for research, gas and maintenance. i'm sure china is shaking in it's boots now.

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    sikdjgugu

    sure because we have way too much money anyways. Why the fudge aren't they spending this in areas where needed. I repeat once again: TO HO KU! ffs

    @papiguilio

    so your next door neighbor has one day said that a chunk of your backyard belongs to them. you go and show them authorized papers that proves it is YOUR backyard and they just say "eh, whatever man. this is my land so deal with it. i could care less about your papers. and oh yeah, to make you understand that it's mine, i'm gonna have one of my sons, fully armed, go and hop your fence and just sit on that chunk of land on your backyard. he's gonna do this just about everyday cause again, this is my land."

    at this point, if you wanna go and take a loan to buy some weapons to protect your stuff, who am i to say otherwise? any family members living in your house should threw in a few bucks just to make sure your neighbor doesn't creep towards your backdoor and enter your house one day doing the same thing. that bastard neighbor has been doing the same thing to other people in the same block, i.e. Phillipines, Vietnam, etc.. you would be foolish to think that it won't happen to you.

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    tian4670

    There is a simple fix to the problem, just put it in front of ICJ.

    Both parties are confident in their own positions, are they? Then they should be confident enough to have the matter tested in front of ICJ. The party who loses should do that gracefully.

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    Tiger_In_The_Hermitage

    I guess all the China threat and conspiracy theory in the press has worked. Only the most simple minded can believe in the China threat theory, China is surounded by Japan, Korea, US, Australia, Vietnam and Singapore. These country pose a bigger threat to China than China to these countries. Well done press, now we are spending money on fireworks as oppose to healthcare and education.

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    Wonbatto

    The relatively small amount—just over 2% of the total military budget—is largely symbolic...

    The most salient point in the article. Japan spends 1.0% of GDP on defense, one of the lowest among OECD nations. I believe that the 1.0% includes payments to the US for its support of the Japan-US Mutual Security Treaty. 2% increase in a budget (approx 1.00% -> 1.02%) is what one normally sees in annual variation (including inflation), and isn't close to representing a sea change in priorities.

    It's symbolic, but barely that...

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    Tiger_In_The_Hermitage

    sikdjgugu: I think its a bit more complicated than that, we prove that its our back yard based on papers but when were these papers writen? If we go back in time China's claim seems to be much more rooted in history. Thats not to say who's right or wrong but my point is the papers we have is based on the American invasion of Japan and its literally America papers. One sided and means next to nothing, Japanese heritiage goes back much longer than any American intervention.

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    CoffeeHulk

    The official later added, "I can't wait to see my office after its refurbished with a large flat screen tv and minibar!"

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    OssanAmerica

    tian4670Jan. 09, 2013 - 11:48AM JST There is a simple fix to the problem, just put it in front of ICJ. Both parties are confident in their own positions, are they? Then they should be confident enough to have the matter >tested in front of ICJ. The party who loses should do that gracefully.

    Please go flood Chinese web sites with that message. Might put an end to China's bullying tactics against so many of it's neighbors.

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    WilliB

    noryosan:

    " The USA taxpayer says thank you. The USA defense industry says thank you. "

    Not all of this will go to US defense contractors. A lot of it will go to domestic industry. And also the US contractors will be asked to have parts manufactured locally.

    So, just look at this as another big "stimulus program". Isn´t "stimulating" the economy by massive government spending just the very thing to do? Half of the Americans at least seem to believe that. So they at least should not criticise this...

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    Kazuaki Shimazaki

    You can see it as a little or you can see it as not quite so little.

    Half of the defense budget goes to personnel and the amount for procuring new equipment is something like 10%, so out of 46 billion dollars only 4.6 billion goes (using the old 100 yen = 1 US$ approximation for simplicity) to equipment. The current increase is 1 billion and if most of it goes to equipment will represent over a 10% increase, which is significant.

    In any case, as a fraction of national wealth, it is insignificant. If people want to complain, bark at welfare (social security)!

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    sikdjgugu

    @tiger: from the numerous articles that i've read on this topic, multiple documents have been reviewed concerning the proper ownership of the islands. the majority showing proper japanese ownership and a few referenced by the chinese government staking their claim. as recently as yesterday, another article was posted stating that the chinese acknowledged that the Senkakus are apart of the Okinawan chain. pretty straight forward, right?

    from my understanding, the chinese believe the islands are theirs based on the fact that they owned them thousands of years ago. well, they also owned most of asia and mongolia at one point too. does that give them the right to go back and take it all again? where do we draw the line? If they whole heartedly believed the islands are theirs, they would have sternly demanded it within the past hundred years, based on morals alone. Wars change land ownership. If they want to start one to get it back, then Japan should prepare themselves as well. natural resources = wealth.

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    Frungy

    Kazuaki ShimazakiJan. 09, 2013 - 01:34PM JST In any case, as a fraction of national wealth, it is insignificant. If people want to complain, bark at welfare (social security)!

    How many wars has Japan been in in the last 50 years? Zero. How much has it needed welfare? A lot! Your logic is simply ridiculous.

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    Yubaru

    China is surounded by Japan, Korea, US, Australia, Vietnam and Singapore.

    Geography not a strong subject?

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    Yubaru

    How many wars has Japan been in in the last 50 years? Zero. How much has it needed welfare? A lot! Your logic is simply ridiculous.

    Welfare? Who is providing welfare to Japan? It's the other way around through the ODA, Japan is one of if not the leading provider of overseas assistance to countries throughout the world.

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    Nessie

    Not all of this will go to US defense contractors. A lot of it will go to domestic industry. And also the US contractors will be asked to have parts manufactured locally.

    There much aerospace manufacturing in Japan?

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    The passage

    The purchase order for US army surplus bayonets and horses has been issued!

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    The passage

    There much aerospace manufacturing in Japan?

    Yep, 35% of 787 is from Japan, the is the P1, C1X, and now the MRJ. Hondajet is funded by Japan and a significant part of the aero engine business is done here too. Not so much finished product, but bits and pieces. More than UK now I think .

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    smithinjapan

    180 billion for defense, 450 billion for big businesses....

    Nah, there's no pension problem at all, and the fact that for the last few years there's been a threat to raise consumption and income taxes to cover ballooning costs or Japan will collapse? no problem there either. Tohoku? building houses beyond the 0.2% promised in Tohoku? nah! Current highest debt of industralized nations? bah, no problem!

    And hey, let's give a whole bunch to Mongolia and other nations while we're at it, too!

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    CrisGerSan

    Good this will send a clear message to anyone and it will probably help China understand that its policy of bullying is not working. Just takes time sometimes for the message to be heard.

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    avigator

    Spend and go broke so maybe then understanding comes to you.

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    maglev101

    I don't know how Hong Lei can keep a straight face when addressing the media. Surely he must think that he sounds stupid talking about China's claims.

    If Bush senior could do it "Read my lips: no new taxes", anyone can.

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    maglev101

    Good this will send a clear message to anyone and it will probably help China understand that its policy of bullying is not working. Just takes time sometimes for the message to be heard.

    true...the only bullying tactic that's really working is that of the u.s. - do as we say or we invade/install a replacement puppet government (e.g. saddam, mubarak, afghanistan, etc).

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    humanrights

    Ahh so JP has some money, I wonder if they can spare a little for the victims of the Fukushima disaster who still live in boxes...Good priorities again. Congratulations!

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    neobios

    I remember just this morning the budget increase was expected to be around 100 billion yen and now went up more than 180 billion yen.

    This really boils down to the scenario of cold war between US and Soviet Union as Japan increases its military budget, so might China where they could increase their military budget as well every year as long its economic growth permits but for Japan can they keep up the pace or fall into a similar trap which USSR did?

    I do not think they can go on military shopping spree with China at the current state but I find this increase is acceptable as long it does not goes off the chart if you know what I mean.

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    lachance

    I admire Japan. With a miniscule population in relation to China, Japan will NOT allow itself to be bullied out of its milk money. The US should pay heed and stand shoulder to shoulder with our own fighter aircraft in the air around the Senkakus.

    I mean, "shoot the buggers down." Stand firm. Will it start something? No. China is all noise, trying to see what it can get away with. The longer China behaves in this fashion, the harder it will be to disabuse them of this notion.

    If the sovereignty of these islands is really open to debate, then debate it in the international courts. Until then, defend these islands as if they are under attack. SHOOT THE BUGGERS DOWN.

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    Craig Dandridge

    Really, Mr. Abe? Really? How exactly will increased military spending "stimulate" the Japanese economy? Smells like a political payoff by the Abe administration.

    In these dire economic times, this money would most obviously be better spent on childcare or other welfare programs to support average working people.

    That the Abe administration feels it can get away with this type of political free spending would seem to indicate that nothing has changed in Japanese politics:

    Form over function, and plenty of good old fashioned dirty, not-so-sexy, money, money, money to spread around to political supporters. Really?

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    Kazuaki Shimazaki

    Really, Mr. Abe? Really? How exactly will increased military spending "stimulate" the Japanese economy? Smells like a political payoff by the Abe administration.

    You don't really do defence in the hopes of stimulus. It is like insurance - you pay it to protect yourself from the worst. At the low rates of investment Japan is doing however, it might actually be somewhat stimulating. At least it is better than public works and the roads to nowhere.

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