Japan Prioritizes Missile Defense Spending Missile defense features prominently in the latest budget request of the Japanese defense ministry, with plans for acquiring Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore and additional ground- and sea-based interceptors, and for developing a supporting radar system. The proposed budget for the year beginning April 2018 is ¥5.02 trillion ($4.59 billion), 2.5% more than the current fiscal year, without adjustment for inflation. Despite the increase—the ...

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