The LDP platform in Japan asks for a significant increase in defense spending

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In its election manifesto, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will ask for a significant increase in defense spending, according to a draught of the policy platform released on Friday (Oct 8).
New Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who leads the LDP, said on Friday in his maiden policy statement to Parliament that he was committed to safeguarding Japan’s territory and people in an increasingly difficult security situation.
Japan must contend with China’s growing military modernization and North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. The LDP wants to increase the defense budget, which has been about 1% of GDP in previous decades, “with a goal to raising it even over 2%,” according to a copy of the manifesto obtained by Reuters.
According to the draught manifesto, which will be released next week, the LDP would support steps to strengthen Japan’s deterrent, such as gaining the power to intercept ballistic missiles within enemy territory.
As far as coronavirus is concerned, the party wants to make sure that everyone who wants a vaccine gets one by early November while also making plans for booster doses. The LDP will seek legislation that would give the government additional authority over medical resources and mobility restrictions.
The number of daily Covid-19 cases has been declining in recent weeks, and a protracted state of urgency was ended earlier this month, but doctors predict another wave of infections. The LDP also declares in its platform that it supports Taiwan’s ambition to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, a pan-Pacific free-trade agreement (CPTPP).

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