Japan wants stronger defenses against North Korea, but will citizens pay for it?
Despite wide support for new security plans, public resistance to new taxes threatens to leave them dead in the water
Tokyo recently made waves when it published a new National Security Strategy for the first time in nearly a decade. Among other things, the document endorses Japan’s acquisition of counterstrike capabilities to defend against regional threats like North Korea, while calling to double military spending by 2027 to 2% of gross domestic product (GDP).
The strategy represents a major policy shift. While Japan’s pacifist constitution still severely constrains its self-defense forces, Tokyo has nonetheless taken a big step toward transforming Japan into a so-called normal country.
And in a shift, the Japanese public appears to
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