Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Japan will establish new defense programs by the end of 2013

The Japanese government has decided to suspend two defense programs to give free rein to the development of new programs by the end of 2013, reported local media on Monday evening.

The government will in the first place on a temporary defense program and develop new programs by the end of this year, reported the Japanese news agency Kyodo.

The two programs, namely the Program Guidelines and the National Defense Advocacy Program in the medium term, have been approved by the government led by the Democratic Party of Japan in December 2010, and their goal is to strengthen the defense capabilities of Japan in waters southwest.

Guidelines defense focused on defense policy based on long-term in Japan, while the medium-term program aims to increase the self-defense forces of the country (SDF).

In addition, the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also approved a plan for the drafting of new defense programs.

Mr. Abe, who became Prime Minister of Japan on December 26, said in his political promises that rise to the level of the SDF National Army and lift the ban on the use by Japan right of collective defense .

National Defense Division of the ruling party agreed Monday to increase spending on defense (4.71 trillion yen from the initial budget for fiscal year 2012) of about 120 billion yen ( approximately $ 1.37 billion) during the next fiscal year, according to Kyodo.

The PDL and its key ally the New Komeito party, won 325 seats (out of 480) in the Lower House in the general election on 16 December, which means that the ruling party could spend his budget proposals to the Diet even if they saw veto the Senate.

The Japanese government has also decided to write January 5th annual budget to increase spending in the country's defense for the first time in 11 years in fiscal year 2013.

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