Japan Steps Up Defense Spending

Japanese ships

Japan continues to modernize its military, and by 2027 plans to spend about $77.2 billion on its defenses.

Credit: Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force
In 2022, Japan faced unprecedented threats. On top of the growing military might and influence of China, North Korea launched more than 60 ballistic missiles into the East China Sea, some of which fell into the Japan Exclusive Economic Zone—and a couple overflew Japan. Tokyo’s relations with Moscow...

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