Japan is seeking to buy nine Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters, including six short take-off and vertical landing B variants (as pictured above). Photo: AP

Japan’s military asks for eighth consecutive budget increase, seeking to counter regional threats with more equipment

  • The defence ministry has asked for a record 5.32 trillion yen (US$50.48 billion) budget, to buy more interceptor missiles and stealth fighters
  • This comes as Japan has increased defence outlays by a tenth in response to military build ups by neighbours such as China and North Korea
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Japan is seeking to buy nine Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters, including six short take-off and vertical landing B variants (as pictured above). Photo: AP
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