Japan monitors record budget for North Korea
21:20 - 16/12/2017
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Japan plans to raise a record $ 46 billion in the next budget to boost its anti-missile defenses in the face of North Korea's threat.
It will be the sixth year in a row to raise defense spending in Japan, AFP reported.
The Nikkei newspaper said a large part of the budget increase was intended to boost Japan's protection from North Korea's ballistic missile program.
The additional funding is meant to cover the costs of setting up the US-based Aegis Ashur missile interceptor system.
Japanese Defense Minister Itzunori Odera said last week that Tokyo plans to buy long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles from the United States.
This decision is controversial because Japan's pacifist constitution prohibits the use of force to settle international disputes