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    Japan’s Cabinet Approves $42 Bln Military Budget

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    The Japanese Cabinet has approved a record high 5.05-trillion-yen ($42 billion) draft defense budget for 2016, local media reported on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Japan Times reported that it would be the fourth consecutive annual increase in the country’s military budget.

    Various media reports added that part of the sum is expected to be allocated to the purchase of new weaponry from the United States, including surveillance drones, F-35 fighter jets, as well as paying for submarine construction projects.

    In September, Japan enacted new security legislation enhancing the country’s military role and paving the way for its military forces to be deployed abroad for the first time in decades.


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