Japan to Spend More on Defense, Refit First Aircraft Carrier

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

(From AP News)

Japan plans its first aircraft carrier and big increases in defense spending and weapons capability in the coming years, according to new defense guidelines approved Tuesday that cite its need to counter potential threats from North Korea and China and other vulnerabilities. . . .

[Prime Minister Shinzo Abe] has long wanted to revise Japan’s U.S.-drafted constitution that renounces war and has already broadened the concept of self-defense to allow Japanese personnel to defend allied military forces as Japan increasingly works alongside American troops.

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