Poll: Japanese Split on Higher Military Spending Plan

© AP Photo / Japan Air Self-Defense ForceIn this Nov. 10, 2017 photo provided by Japan Air Self-Defense Force, two of U.S. F/A-18, left, and right, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force's F-15 fly during a joint military exercise at an undisclosed location. (Japan Air Self-Defense Force via AP)
In this Nov. 10, 2017 photo provided by Japan Air Self-Defense Force, two of U.S. F/A-18, left, and right, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force's F-15 fly during a joint military exercise at an undisclosed location.  (Japan Air Self-Defense Force via AP) - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.06.2022
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Japanese appear to be divided over whether the government should go ahead with its plan to double defence spending to 2% of the gross domestic product, a poll out Sunday showed.
Japan is one of the world’s top 10 biggest military spenders, even though its defence budget has rarely exceeded 1% of the GDP. The United States has been pressing its allies to chip in more.
Asked whether they agreed with the Liberal Democrat government's plan, 37.2% told Kyodo news agency they were in favour of the hike, while 31.5% said there was no need to raise the military expenditures.
The nationwide telephone survey was conducted from 18-19 June. It found that the governing Liberal Democratic Party was leading in the polls by almost 20 percentage points. Second-placed conservative Innovation Party was at 7.7%, while the liberal Constitutional Democratic Party was third at 7%.
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