Japan, in search of military reinforcement, welcomes the chief of the Israeli defense
Israel predicted an increase in defense exports to Japan on Tuesday as the Asian economic powerhouse signals plans to increase military spending amid more assertive Chinese leadership in the region. Tokyo revised its armed forces budget ceilings after World War II amid growing fears that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could embolden China to threaten neighboring Taiwan, an island it claims as hers.
Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party wants to double defense spending to 2% of GDP, which would make Japan’s military budget the third largest in the world. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz noted the change in Japanese policy as he ended a two-day visit to Tokyo by signing a bilateral defense cooperation memorandum.
“There will be real-world ramifications to this, both at the military level and in research and development, as well as at the level of defense industries all the way down the line,” he told reporters. journalists. Gantz did not elaborate. Israeli Defense Attaché Alon Yehoshua said Japan had expressed particular interest in cooperation on cyber technologies.
In a separate briefing, a Japanese Defense Ministry official said Gantz and his hosts had “agreed to continue to seek ways for the two countries to cooperate on defense matters,” but had not agreed. discussed specific projects or supply agreements. Israeli defense exports reached a record $11.3 billion in 2021, according to the Times of Israel news site. This made Israel the 10th largest defense exporter in the world, the site reported, citing the findings of a Swedish monitoring group. (Writing by Dan Williams and Timothy Kelly; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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