Japan Cabinet OKs record budget for 2015, raises defense outlays with eye on China

January 14, 2015 3:23 AM

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Japan Cabinet OKs record budget for 2015, raises defense outlays with eye on China

In this Oct. 26, 2014 photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, far right, walks past a mock-up of the F-35 fighter jet during the annual Self-Defense Forces Commencement of Air Review at Hyakuri Air Base, north of Tokyo. Japan's Cabinet approved the country's largest ever defense budget on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, including plans to buy surveillance aircraft, drones and F-35 fighter jets to help counter China's rising assertiveness in the region. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) (The Associated Press)

In this Oct. 26, 2014 photo, Japan Air Self Defense Force crew members set up cordons to protect a mock-up of the F-35 fighter jet during the annual Self-Defense Forces Commencement of Air Review at Hyakuri Air Base, north of Tokyo. Japan's Cabinet approved the country's largest ever defense budget ...

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