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Gov't OKs record Y5.19 tril defense budget that favors U.S.-made equipment

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By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo

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Well, on the surface, it looks like a successful negotiation for Trump.

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Ahhhhh war is good for business.

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Disgusting. This "country" might as well just come out and admit it is the 51st state of the US.

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"that favors U.S.-made equipment"

Ya think!

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with the reduction in US forces, due to technological advances, why is the Military Labor Workforce continue to triple in size during the last 2.5 yrs. Perhaps trimming that labor overage will help Japan pay for some of that budget or earmark the offset. It doesn't 8 guys standing around watching 1 guy did a hole and then when the others start working you still have 4-5 guys still standing as watchers. hmmm. Does it really take 10 guys to cut an avg sized lawn? Half the time you will see the MLC labor force not working but getting paid for standing around doing nothing or taking smoke breaks every hour.

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I eagerly look forward to the tax hike later next year. Need to cover the trillion yen protection bill. Tohoku is still in shambles. Nero fiddled.

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Very good to hear. These defensive weapons will ensure Japan's security for the next decade. In such a region, Japan should never put down its guard. In fact, I would support the defensive budget being increased far more

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A record 97 trillion yen of spending versus what, circa 60 trillion yen of tax revenues, and things are supposed to be relatively good in Japan right now.

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The names of Japanese subcontractors are not revealed yet.

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bruinfan: Ahhhhh war is good for business.

What war? Peace through strength. One percent in GDP is much cheaper in terms of cost and human suffering as opposed to war.

It should be no surprise that Japan favors US made equipment. The US is Japan’s only true military ally. Would one expect Japan to stock up on least effective Chinese weapons when planning their defense?

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Buying weapons from the US should strengthen the tie between Japan and the US. Most people in Japan won't mind to make their country as the 51st State in the USA.

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Civitas Sine Suffragio

Typical Anti American dribble.

If you are for the Russians and Chinese then I guess, yeah you may have a complaint by Japan strengthening its military.

As long as the American Hardware is the best, I’m glad its the one we are buying since we are allies.

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Typical Anti American dribble.

Drivel.

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admit it is the 51st state of the US....

As long as countries who do not like strong military alliance between Japan and US, there will be even more stronger military alliance between the two countries.

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Civitas Sine Suffragio

Typical Anti American dribble.

If you are for the Russians and Chinese then I guess, yeah you may have a complaint by Japan strengthening its military.

As long as the American Hardware is the best, I’m glad its the one we are buying since we are allies.

Well said! If Japan were to be perceived as weak militarily, some people might, just might, try to take advantage! Peace only comes in this world through strength.

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Just another pocket filling scheme by the upper echelon.

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Considering that in 2016, Exports / Imports of Goods / Tangible items, between the U.S. and Japan came out in favor of Japan by almost $70 billion, I doubt the Japanese Government has a problem spending a few $ billion on some U.S. made equipment. Its not like the Japanese will really pay for the equipment anyway, they're just going to print more money that will never be paid back into the govt coffers via tax revenue. It is a wonder the Yen stays as strong as it is... but then again, everybody is doing it. Japan just more than others.

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Strangerland

Im forgetting English man lol! Thank you

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