Japan increases military exercises and defense spending

Reuters November 19, 2023, 07:00 AM UTC

Summary: Japanese marines conducted a simulated amphibious assault on Tokunoshima island as part of nationwide military exercises. The drills aimed to demonstrate readiness to defend against potential threats from China, Russia, and North Korea. Japan plans to increase military exercises and defense spending, doubling it over five years to enhance capabilities and prepare for potential conflicts. The planned 43.5 trillion yen spending will include new weapons and increased stocks of spare parts and munitions.

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