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Kishida orders funds to raise Japan's defense budget to 2% of GDP

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Earlier on Monday, Kishida told a Budget Committee session in the House of Representatives that he will consider using funds set aside for countermeasures against the coronavirus once the pandemic settles down.

Don't wait or "consider it". Do it now. Those funds would just be wasted anyway.

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Must obey the US master....

Waste tax payers money on US weapons that will never be needed instead of helping people in Japan.

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Since the population are against this measure it seems like Kishida is giving up already on recovering popularity and is betting on doing as many unpopular things as possible until he loses his position.

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There are three options; new taxes, take from current government spending and reallocate to the military or increase debt.

It's a bold plan for an economy which finds it hard to grown over 1% a year.

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Help your people first instead of barking at the rate US tells you..

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Let's do some math. Military spending is capped at 1% of GDP now, and GDP is not expected to increase significantly any time soon. And Kishida demands that it be 2%. Which means... a doubling of military spending!?

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We do not have a lot of time left, but I will continue to discuss it with the defense minister." Who could be sacked next week and what actually qualifies him as a defence minister anyway? A pin on his lapel? Was he in the JDF at any point in his life? Or as I suspect he watched some Netflix warry movies, at best

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Last decade, Japan continued to increase military budget but situation is only deteriorated. 

Nobody investigate about effect of expansion of armament, government picked militarists mainly and opened farce "experts council" that conclusion is already decided beforehand to pretend "basis" for increasing armament.

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Kishida ​stimulates arms race of far-east Asia unnecessarily, makes general public more poor, more deteriorate situation.

Not only LDP government, even major media or parts of opposition parties are cooperative to expansion of armament, such present situation is similar to prewar Japan.

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At least, more ruling party politicians and defense bureaucrats can do "Amakudari" to defense industries by increasing defense budget.

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Pretty clear that the LDP has nothing but contempt for the average Japanese citizen.

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Good move. China keeps growing its military for war so Japan defense must grow or be swamped.

China will start a war. Japan will be involved like it or not, to defend its territory and maritime trade routes to the world.

Be ready or be overrun by a rampant China.

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Hideomi Kuzu Today  11:25 am JST

Kishida ​stimulates arms race of far-east Asia unnecessarily, makes general public more poor, more deteriorate situation.

The only nations in East Asia that have and are stimulating an arms race are China and North Korea. Democratic nations are simply responding to them.

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double the nation's defense spending to 2 percent or more of GDP, a level on par with North Atlantic Treaty Organization member states

On par with NATO? Why on par with NATO? Sounds like that is a demand by US, so we better obey and pay them the "protection money".

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I will offer, in today's world, no one wants conflict/war, especially countries in the East. Even Mr Kim/Xi. People/country use resources/money for defense purposes because they feel threatened/others, someone stronger trying to change their country/the way they live their lives. Resulting in a snowballing effect, everyone has to waste valuable resources to response to threats.

Solution? Get the most powerful country in the world, one that is right at the top of the food chain. Not to threaten anyone/try to change anyone/anyone's life. Will result in a snowballing effect, everyone, countries in the East, will not need to use up valuable resources for military purposes.

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Kishida is not good.

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The oldest charade in the book, only the elites benefit from the military industrial complex.

Less discussed is the massive toll on the environment which is incurred as a result of the tons of chemicals utilized in the r and d as well as the disposal of all the weapons which were never used and become obsolete as a result of the unending creation of new weapons to be sold and bought.

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instructed his defense and finance ministers to secure funds

Leadership, please.

You are the boss - you should decree how this shall be achieved. Becoming PM should not mean you get to shirk all leadership responsibility.

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Taxpayers' money wasted on the military for weapons that will (thankfully) not be used would be better spent on helping citizens struggling to keep their heads above water amid stagnant wages and rising prices. Who is so naive to believe that such a system of misgovernment typical of western democracies isn't rigged in favor of capital and against the interests of millions of ordinary people whose labor keeps society from collapse.

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Kishida orders taxes to raise Japan's defense budget to 2% of GDP

Fixed it for ya.

OssanAmericaToday  03:10 pm JST

Hideomi Kuzu Today  11:25 am JST

*Kishida ​stimulates arms race of far-east Asia unnecessarily, makes general public more poor, more deteriorate situation.*

The only nations in East Asia that have and are stimulating an arms race are China and North Korea. Democratic nations are simply responding to them.

Dude, care to comment on the social side of things for a change?

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Ossan,can Japanese deploy their defense in 5 minutes,you better educate yourself on time and distance

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What would any other country gain by invading Japan?

It has nothing worth the effort!

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It's sad, but with all the tension in East Asia as well as the economic situation, a number of my friends are seriously thinking of going home.

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LDP - as ever in the pockets of its US masters military industrial complex. Why should they help the struggling low income J-families, single parents etc.. when fat profits and brown envelopes from weapons manufacturers are so much more appealing. What a major disappointment Kishida has become in just one year. LDP par for course, next....

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China will start a war. Japan will be involved like it or not, to defend its territory and maritime trade routes to the world. Be ready or be overrun by a rampant China."

Baseless warmongering. China has a big fat zero to gain by attacking Japan and a whole lot to loose. China may be "rampant" but its not stupid. Period.

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This is where all the money is going, importing American weapons. Japan can't build missiles, both offensive and defensive missiles, so Japan must import from the US like Tomahawk missiles and Aegis Ashore SM-3 missiles.

https://www.reuters.com/article/japan-defence-tomahawk/japan-considering-buying-up-to-500-tomahawk-missiles-by-fy2027-yomiuri-idINL1N32Q065

Japan considering buying up to 500 Tomahawk missiles by FY2027 -Yomiuri

TOKYO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Japan may buy up to 500 U.S-made Tomahawk cruise missiles by the fiscal year ending in March 2028 as it speeds up preparations to improve counterattack capabilities, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Wednesday.

All the while cutting back on Japanese domestic armament, like tanks and artillery cut back to 300 each.

https://www.sankei.com/article/20221126-PIZGARQN7JIULK6XG7ATIXUV7Q/

<独自>戦車・火砲の削減方針維持 ミサイル防衛に重点 防衛省

防衛省は限られた予算で装備品の最適化を図るため、ミサイルやイージス艦の購入を優先し、戦車や火砲は徐々に削減している。平成7年末の改定で各900両・門だった定数は、16年末の改定で各600両・門、22年末の改定で各400両・門へと減少し、25年末と30年末の直近過去2回の改定の際はいずれも各300両・門とされた。

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Here's how they'll pay for it: Cutting healthcare -- we will now have to pay 40% instead of 30% of costs on top of increased National Health Care premiums. Those who have been grandfathered at paying only 10% until now will have to pay much more. The age at which you can receive a pension will being at 70, with retirement following suit. Income tax will increase, consumption tax will go up to 15% very soon, and other social benefits will be cut completely, replaced by one-time cash handouts or coupons they hope will bolster the economic fallout (but won't).

Food costs are already going up AGAIN from tomorrow in canned and frozen goods. Japan has now officially started pounding the last nail in the coffin, and only earlier this week were pledging to have society have more children.

Hope the defense spending is worth it... they'll just be defending lifeless rocks.

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