The Japanese defense ministry requested a $42.38 billion budget for its next fiscal year that will start in April, a 2.2 percent increase from the agency’s current funding levels, Reuters reported Monday.
Tim Kelly writes the proposed budget would fund an expansion of Japan’s military bases close to waters disputed with China as well as procurement of military vehicles and equipment.
The country wants to acquire AAV7 amphibious assault vehicles, Osprey transport planes, F-35 fighters, Global Hawk unmanned aerial systems, mobile missile batteries and other defense technologies from the U.S., the report said.
Japan and China have wrangled over chain of uninhabited Senkaku and Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea.
Reuters reports the Japanese defense agency proposed $90 million to expand an installation located on Miyakojima island and another $72 million to construct a new base on Amami Oshima.