31 Aug '17, 5am

The budget proposal includes funding for a new system to respond to North Korean missiles

The budget proposal includes funding for a new system to respond to North Korean missiles

TOKYO, Japan — Japan’s Defense Ministry requested its largest-ever budget Thursday, days after North Korea launched a missile over Japan. The ministry is seeking 5.26 trillion yen ($47.6 billion) for the 2018 fiscal year. That’s a 2.5 percent increase from last year and the sixth consecutive hike since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in 2012. The proposal reflects the need for Japan to respond to security challenges such as North Korean missiles and Chinese naval activities in disputed waters, Defense Ministry officials said. North Korea has conducted 13 missile tests this year alone, and on Tuesday launched a ballistic missile that flew over Hokkaido and landed in the Pacific. The budget proposal includes funding for a new system to respond to North Korean missiles. “Based on North Korea’s nuclear and missile developments reaching a new level of threat [the ministry...

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