Military vessels including Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force’s largest carrier Izumo (centre) sailing in Sagami Bay during the International Fleet Review on November 6. Japan has announced on December 16 its biggest defence overhaul in decades, raising spending, reshaping its military command and acquiring new missiles to tackle the threat from China. Photo: AFP
Military vessels including Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force’s largest carrier Izumo (centre) sailing in Sagami Bay during the International Fleet Review on November 6. Japan has announced on December 16 its biggest defence overhaul in decades, raising spending, reshaping its military command and acquiring new missiles to tackle the threat from China. Photo: AFP
Rupakjyoti Borah
Opinion

Opinion

Rupakjyoti Borah

Japan’s defence spending boost is inevitable in the face of security challenges

  • The security environment around Japan has changed in the past few years, given the threats from China, Russia and North Korea, and Tokyo is left with few options in response. This hefty new outlay could be a preview of things to come