Japan spends a record US$40 billion on defense which is almost half of what Russia spends on its yearly “defense” budget according to this article. In comparison, the official Russian defense budget was set to rise to 3.03 trillion rubles (approximately US$83.7 billion) in 2015. Russia has only increased its defense budget by 1 percent a year while Japan is increasing its defense budget by 2.2 percent this year and will increase this budget yearly. Why the hard right turn of Japan’s political structure? My thoughts are one of the reasons has to do with the Bretton Woods System which is fast approaching its end. Central banking related to the Bretton Woods System completely reshaped the world after WWII, and now that the world is being geopolitically reshaped by China and Russia (BRICS nations), Japan will be forced more and more to go it alone which might explain its rapid increase in military expenditure.
Bretton Woods reinforced the central banking model which Japan is strapped to for its economic model. This also explains why the U.S. military has been flying dangerously close surveillance flights around islands claimed by China where the Chinese have been building artificial islands. The U.S. is attempting to enforce the Bretton Woods System. The supremacy of the Bretton Woods central banking model is being threatened by China and Russia. Is this Japan’s political motivation? Increased military posturing and a hard right political turn under Shinzo Abe to protect the central banking model by Japan’s oligarchs who have a death grip on Japan’s economy? In one of many provocations, Japan is considering arming Tokyo with advanced missile systems purchased from the U.S. to “counter threats” from North Korea. Anything to spend more money on weapon systems since North Korea has been used as a local bully to enforce Anglo-American control of the region.
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Japan defense budget to top $40 billion
Japan’s defense budget for the next fiscal year is set to top 5 trillion yen (USD 40 billion) for the first time ever, government sources say.
According to the Japanese government sources, the budget for the 12 months from April 2016 would include funding for relocation of a controversial US military base in southern Okinawa Island. The base is host to the bulk of US military forces in Japan.
The 2016/17 budget will also be used to fortify an island chain in the East China Sea, close to the territory which is also claimed by Beijing.
The budget is expected to be finalized by the cabinet in late December. If approved, it would be the fourth consecutive rise in military spending since Japanese Premier Shinto Abe took office in 2012.
The huge raise comes months after Japan’s parliament enacted hotly-contested legislation that allows its defense forces to prepare for an expanded role overseas.
On September 19, Japanese lawmakers in the upper house of the parliament approved the law, following hours of heated debates.
The legislation allows Japan’s army, the so-called Self-Defense Forces, to be deployed abroad in combat operations for the first time since World War II. The law will broaden the mandate of Japan’s military forces, allowing them to participate in foreign operations in order to protect allies, including the United States, even if there was no direct threat to Tokyo.
The government of Prime Minister Abe says the legislation is required to deal with a changing security environment and threats posed by regional countries that are expanding their military and nuclear capabilities.
Opponents, however, say the legislation would damage 70 years of pacifism as the revisions would alter the 1945 constitution, which bars Tokyo from combat except in self-defense.