In Japan the project is approved a record defense budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The army, the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to spend 5.2 trillion yen (about $46 billion), which is 1.3% more than in the previous year, reports Japan Today.
The largest item of expenditure (137 billion yen, or $1.2 billion) – strengthening protection against a potential missile attack of the DPRK. It provides for the procurement of a missile defense system SM-3 Block IIA, is able to intercept ballistic missiles in space, the modernization of anti-missile complexes Patriot and preparation for the construction of two ground-based radar Aegis.
Japan will spend 2.2 billion yen (nearly $20 million) for the acquisition of cruise missiles, medium-range for application in case of a threat of pre-emptive strikes on North Korea.
Read also: US, South Korea and Japan together to learn about and track North Korean missiles
These military expenditures are part of the record for the Country of the Rising sun of the draft budget for 2018 in the amount to 97.7 trillion yen (more than $860 billion).
Japan increases defense spending for the sixth consecutive year.
12 December 2017, the US President Donald trump signed the defense budget for the 2018 fiscal year, providing $350 million for Ukraine, including in the form of lethal weapons.