Updated: 01/10/2013 01:47

Japan to raise military budget



Japan to raise military budget

For the first time in over a decade, Japan is planning to raise its military spending by almost US$2 billion.

It may be only 2 percent of the total military budget.

But just after a change in leadership, and coming at a time of increasing tension in East Asia, the cash injection is seen by some as a shift in Japanese policy in the region.

The announcement came as the Japanese foreign ministry summoned China's ambassador over the latest entry by Chinese vessels into disputed waters.

For more on the proposed hike in Japan's military spending, and the wider security concerns in East Asia, 938LIVE's Mubin Saadat spoke to Professor Purnendra Jain from the University of Adelaide, in Australia.

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