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Update: Japan considers defence spending recalculation

04 December 2018

Japan is considering a change in the way it calculates military spending to provide a boost to the proportion of national GDP it allocates towards its defence budget.

Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said in a press conference on 27 November that the move is being contemplated as part of its planning for the country’s new defence policy – the National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) – which will be published before the end of the year.

Iwaya indicated that the change would seek to align Japan with the defence spending methodology applied by allied countries, including NATO states, but gave no details.

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