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The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan – the long-ruling right-wing party – is proposing a big increase in defense spending as international tensions continue to rise.

Japan began to take seriously calls to raise a traditional, standing army in the face of foreign threats. Currently, the Japanese Constitution explicitly prohibits the nation from using an army and only allows the garrison of a small self-defense force. LDP officials have been calling for a vote to overturn this constitutional clause for decades. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has heightened international tensions, making Japan more open than ever to the military. The new proposal would allocate around 2% of the national GDP to defense – a record for the pacifist country.

“With the defense spending target of more than 2% of GDP for NATO countries in mind, our country also aims to achieve that the budget reaches a level necessary to fundamentally strengthen defense capabilities in five years,” the proposal reads, according to Japan. Time.

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The drafted proposal would allow the government to disable foreign missile and command systems. Although far from a remilitarization of the country, this half-measure would better allow the Japanese government to fight against the aggression of mainland China.

FILE: In this undated file photo released by Taiwan’s Defense Ministry, a Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies at an undisclosed location
(Taiwan Ministry of Defense via AP)

International experts fear the invasion of Ukraine could inspire or spill over into Asia, where the Chinese Communist Party has well-documented goals in mind for repossessing various neighboring countries.

The Chinese Communist Party released a video last year in which he warned Japan of one nuclear response and “full-scale war” if the island nation interferes in Chinatakes care of Taiwan.

“We will use nuclear bombs first,” the video read. “We will use nuclear bombs continuously. We will do so until Japan declares its unconditional surrender for the second time.”

Tension has also risen in the region over North Korea’s series of missile tests this year, including its first intercontinental ballistic missile launch in more than four years.

Some experts say the North’s recent missile tests were aimed at perfecting its weapons technology, boosting its influence in future negotiations with the United States and securing stronger internal loyalty. They say North Korea could soon conduct another ICBM launch, a satellite-carrying rocket launch or a test of a nuclear device in the coming weeks.

This photo provided by the North Korean government shows what it says about a test launch of a hypersonic missile on January 11, 2022 in North Korea. Independent journalists were not allowed to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as supplied and cannot be independently verified. The Korean watermark on the image as provided by the source reads: “KCNA”, which is short for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
((Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP))

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Japan, a traditionally pacifist nation with a soft hand in foreign affairs, has strengthened its infrastructure since invading Ukraine and is more defense-conscious than in previous years.

American and Japanese warships, led by the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carriers, are conducting their joint naval exercise in waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula for the first time in five years, as part of their close military alliance amid growing speculation of Korea’s missile or nuclear tests North later this week.

The U.S. 7th Fleet and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force said last week they had conducted a joint naval exercise at the Sea of Japan Tuesday and Wednesday. It was the first time the US aircraft carrier had held the exercise in the region since 2017 and is seen as an apparent attempt at deterrence North Koreathe provocation.

Peter Aitken and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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