Japan adopted a new program to strengthen defence, which will be record amounts of money
TOKYO, December 18. /TASS/. Japan adopted a new programme for strengthening national defence over the next ten years, the implementation of which will be record amounts of money. As noted in published on Tuesday by the Ministry of defense of Japan, the provisions of the program, only in the first five years of the programme it is planned to spend 27 billion yen ($238 billion).
In particular, the plan provides for the creation of the country’s first carrier-based Navy helicopter carrier “Izumo”. Also in the next ten years, the government of Japan will acquire 18 fighters short take-off and vertical landing F-35B with a view to their placement on the carrier.
In the program notes that over the next ten years, Japan will deploy two ground-based missile Aegis Ashore.
The programme also stresses the need for strategic rivalry with China and Russia. “The United States remains the strongest world power, but competition between States increases, and we realize the importance of strategic rivalry with China and Russia who challenge the regional order,” — said in the text of the document.