TOKYO, 31 Aug. –
Japan's Defense budget could amount to a record 5322 billion yen in 2020, some 45,000 million euros, to increase the security of its airspace and computer defense due to the surge in tension on the Korean peninsula.
This budget exceeds 1.2 percent that presented the previous year, and includes the acquisition of three F-35A fighters and six F-36B fighters, according to figures released on the Ministry's website.
In total, in the aircraft carriers of the Izumo series they will house a total of 20 F-35B vertical take-off and landing fighters for quick response in case of an alarm.
The increase in defense financing has also occurred at a time of tension in the South China Sea, where Tokyo hopes to face China.
However, despite this possible budget increase, the powers of the Japanese Army remain unchanged after the coalition of the Government and its allies favorable to the revision of the pacifist Constitution of Japan did not reach a majority of two thirds in the Senate of the country that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs to carry out his reform proposal.
Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, if considered literally, prohibits the maintenance of armed forces but has been interpreted as allowing a military self-defense force. Abe wants to add a reference to the Self-Defense Forces, as the Japanese army is known, to clarify its status.