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Japan Cabinet Approves Third Straight Defense Boost

Japan has announced its biggest defense budget ever, as it strives to respond to China's increasing military influence in the region, particularly in the East China Sea. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet on Wednesday approved a $42 billion budget, in the third straight year of budget increases, with the money slated to go for surveillance aircraft, drones, F-35 fighter jets, and amphibious assault vehicles. The budget must be approved by Japan's legislators, but Abe has...

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