|日本軍費創新高 恐影響中日關係 [/source]
|Japan’s Military Spending Hits New High, Threatening Sino-Japanese Relations [target]
Japan’s 2016 military budget will reach 5.9 trillion yen (approximately 1.3 trillion NTD), or 2.6% higher than this year’s, the Japan Defense Ministry announced yesterday. Some mainland Chinese analysts believe that with China’s military reviews commemorating victory in the War of Resistance Against Japan right around the corner, Japan’s sharp military budget increase is likely to draw strong reactions from the mainland.
According to a report by Japan’s Sankei Shimbun [Business News], the Defense Ministry plans to strengthen the islands’ defense systems. Its budget accordingly proposes buying 36 aircraft transportable cannon-equipped combat vehicles, 12 cutting-edge transport aircraft, and multirole freight transport and rescue helicopters. The budget also includes expenses for implementing U.S.-Japan space environment surveillance plans and provides for more specialized units and expenses for counter cyber warfare. With mainland China in the midst of military parades commemorating victory over Japan in the War of Resistance, Japan’s choosing this moment to announce its military budget hike has strong provocative overtones, and Sino-Japanese relations are likely to grow more tense as a result. Mainland China furthermore believes that Japan’s strengthening of its islands-wide defense systems is clearly targeted at the Diaoyutai [Senkaku Islands] disputes.
Japan’s Defense Ministry’s military budget reached its pinnacle in 2002 during Koizumi’s administration, then fell steadily. But since Abe took office in 2013, the budget has risen 3 years in a row, forming a neat V-shaped turnaround. Some relevant figures in the Japanese government have even said that since Abe took office, good days have come for the long suffering Defense Ministry. They no longer need to beg for money, and they even speak much louder.