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New Japanese Administration Requests Immediate Boost in Defense Spending

On 9 January, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced that a far-reaching economic stimulus package will include an additional $2.1 billion in defense spending to be initiated within the next few months. This supplementary funding is in addition to the existing funding previously programmed into the defense budget for 2012-2013, but is separate from an increase in defense spending requested for the next fiscal year that was announced on 8 January.

Toward a ‘New Age of Carriers’ in Asia Pacific

After decades of unchallenged naval supremacy in the Pacific and Indian Ocean, new naval powers are looming in the area, and new alliances are formed.

Asia-Pacific Defense-Update

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Japanese Self-Defense Force to Station Liaison Officers with Key US Military...

For the first time ever, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is planning to station Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF) liaison officers with key US military commands in the Washington, DC area.

Asia Pacific Defense-Update #3

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F-22 Raptors Arrive in Okinawa

The first contingent of United States Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptor stealth fighters arrived at Kadena Air Force Base located on Japan’s southernmost island of Okinawa on 28 July.

Asian Navies to Invest $60 Billion Developing New Maritime Capabilities

The spending of Asian countries on naval procurement is expected to top $60 billion over the next five years, over what the whole NATO...

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