Japan’s 2010 defense budget was submitted twice. The first request, for ¥4.7 trillion ($52.3 billion), a 3% increase over 2009, was made on Aug. 31 by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). In the election one day earlier, the LDP lost its 54-year grip on power to the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), which won by a landslide on pledges to provide European-style social benefits, cut wasteful outlays and ensure that elected officials, and not bureaucrats, make decisions. The DPJ discarded the ...

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