Japan Defense Ministry seeks biggest-ever budget to bolster island defense amid China concerns

August 31, 2015 9:14 AM

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TOKYO – Japan's Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped destroyer and F-35 fighters under its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of southern islands amid a territorial dispute with China.

The ministry endorsed a 5.1 trillion yen ($42 billion) budget request Monday for the year beginning next April, up 2.2 percent from this year. It would be the fourth annual increase under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who ended 10 years of defense budget cuts.

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