Japan's 2012 defense budget of ¥4.7 trillion ($60.8 billion) is essentially unchanged from last year. It is likely to remain flat in coming years or reflect a downward trend that began in 2003—especially as the country absorbs the huge financial burden from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck last March. Despite the shrinking budget, planners are working to enhance capabilities in surveillance and rapid deployment, and planning to strengthen the defense of its ...

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