War in Ukraine highlights defense budget hike in Japan election

As Russia’s war on Ukraine raises alarm bells in Japan over an assertive China, the defense budget has become one of the main issues in the July 10 House of Councilors election.

Polls show the public is split over a defense spending boost, with a Kyodo News survey conducted Sunday to Tuesday showing 47.8% of voters think the budget should be stretched to 2% or more of domestic product gross as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has suggested, while 45.8% want spending to stay as it is or be cut.

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