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Amid Dispute with China, Japan Boosts Military Spending

Japan has adopted new defense plans calling for a five percent increase in military spending and a greater regional role for its self-defense forces. The national security strategy and defense guidelines, approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday, are seen as part of a broader response to China's growing military power. The plans were drawn up at the request of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who wants to revise Japan's pacifist constitution to help deal with regional issues, including the...

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