The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research



Opposition to Defense Buildup Over Funding, Not Ideological, Concerns

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s plans to boost defense spending over the next five years have met with resistance not over ideological differences or the constitutionality of such a move but over how to pay for a bigger defense budget.

“The fact that the ruling coalition and opposing parties mostly agree on the need to increase defense spending is a big departure from the political debate we have seen in post-World War II Japan,” Research Director Sota Kato told Nikkei Asia.

The reason the opposition has embraced the need for stronger defense is a reflection of opinion polls, Kato said. “By focusing on the funding issue, there really hasn’t been a deep debate on defense.”

“Japan's opposition parties struggle to dispute defense buildup,” Nikkei Asia

Profile of Research Director Sota Kato



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