"Without regard to GDP": Japan lifts the restriction on military spending

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Japan intends to finally abandon its defensive doctrine. Following the change in the post-war constitution, Tokyo intends to remove all restrictions on military spending.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense announced its intention to abandon the containment of defense spending within the 1% of gross domestic product (GDP), introduced in 1976. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said on this occasion that in the future it is planned to increase spending on military needs "without looking back" on GDP. According to the Japanese military, the need for a more active strengthening of the defense potential is caused by the threat from China and the DPRK.



According to Japanese media reports, in 2021, the Japanese government allocated $ 51,5 billion for defense, in the next, spending may increase significantly.

Earlier in Tokyo, they announced their intention to change the post-war constitution, which limits the capabilities of the Japanese army. During the referendum, it is planned to amend Article 9 of the Constitution, which prohibits the Land of the Rising Sun from having a full-fledged army instead of the Self-Defense Forces, weapons such as ballistic missiles, and also to conduct offensive operations. All this is covered with slogans about the growing threat from China and North Korea.

Thus, it can be stated that Japan is turning into one of the strongest players in the Asia-Pacific region, with a powerful army and naval forces.
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    1. 0
      20 May 2021
      This plays into the hands of the Yankees, they will now have a "chain dog" on a longer leash, and you can lower them on unwanted ones! And, over time, they will set the Yankees on some of the Japs!
      1. -11
        20 May 2021
        this will be another cannon fodder for Uncle Sam)
        although no one canceled plans for non-nuclear plans for provocations in the Kuril Islands either) in the light of the rhetoric of the current Minister of Defense of Japan, a scenario is quite real)
        check "for weak")
        1. +7
          20 May 2021
          this will be another cannon fodder for Uncle Sam)

          In my opinion, they, on the contrary, are trying to straighten themselves out on the sly!
          1. -2
            20 May 2021
            The Japanese switch to running in the cyclical race of history. The generation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is dying out and there is no one to stop the suicidal gallop.
            1. +1
              20 May 2021
              Minusators have at least one word of disagreement, go like this, see minus-minus?
              Or someone does not see the beginning of the revival of militaristic Japan.
              The Japanese do not see another world for themselves as the superiority of the Japanese over others.
              1. +3
                21 May 2021
                They have China at their side.
                And both Koreas, who (both) equally hate Japan.
                Against the background of the weakening States, the samurai's only way is to build up their own military forces without regard to previous restrictions.
                Yes, and the States probably gave the go-ahead for such a race, because they themselves, alone, cannot keep up with the pace of China's naval development. In terms of the tonnage of the annual construction of the US fleet, it is 4 times inferior to China. So the mobilization of the allies began.
                1. 0
                  21 May 2021
                  The reasons can be called different, but knowing the Japanese is not far from the defensive strategy and defense forces to aggressive rhetoric and provocations against neighbors.
                  Although, of course, I cannot disagree with you, Japan in relation to China will now be in the role of catching up, and by a large margin.
                  1. -2
                    21 May 2021
                    Are you stuck at the beginning of the last century?
                    When were there no atomic weapons?
                    When for a long time the Japanese carried the United States to one gate? So those days are long gone.
                    There are plenty of idiots who want to fight from the couch everywhere. But almost nowhere do they influence decision-making.
                    Except for the States. But they've also gotten sick of doing it lately.
                    And the Japanese can get out of the stifling control of the States only when they get rid of the occupation.
                    There is no way without an army, so the States did not allow it to them.
                    And now the situation continues to change.
                    Germany rested on SP-2, the war in Afghanistan is lost, the leadership suffers. BLM / LGBT people are everywhere. So the Japanese, looking around, began to crawl away. IMHO.
                    You just ask what economic methods the United States stopped the rapid development of Japan at the end of the last century. This, in fact, is still the enemy of Japan.
                    Therefore, China did not give anyone more than 49 percent of the joint venture in China. wink
      2. -1
        20 May 2021
        Japan wants to start its wars.
        1. 0
          20 May 2021
          they want to isolate themselves from the memory of Nanking - they will not give a ride, they will pay with tomatoes and avocados and Toyota and Nissan.
    2. +15
      20 May 2021
      Damn, when the aliens will attack, and then somehow their earthly local hesitated ...
      1. +3
        20 May 2021
        Never) but most importantly believe))) I want to believe fellow
    3. +13
      20 May 2021
      Thus, it can be stated that Japan is turning into one of the strongest players in the Asia-Pacific region, with a powerful army and naval forces.


      And this will have to be reckoned with ...
      1. +10
        20 May 2021
        Quote: cniza
        And this will have to be reckoned with ...

        And this will not lead to anything good: the Japanese are very damned and stubborn!
        1. +7
          20 May 2021
          Yeah, and let them not hide behind threats from the DPRK and China, we know who they mean ...
          1. -7
            20 May 2021
            Quote: cniza
            Yeah, and let them not hide behind threats from the DPRK and China, we know who they mean

            You have to be clinical idiots to "jump" on Russia. Based on the geography of the islands and the concentration of the population. Tokyo Bay. Tokyo and Yokagama. 40 million population in a thin layer along the coast. AND ONE ... "Poseidon" ... It's scary to imagine the result.
            1. +9
              20 May 2021
              You are already talking about extreme options, but pressure, provocations will intensify in economic zones ...
          2. +3
            20 May 2021
            Quote: cniza
            Yeah, and let them not hide behind threats from the DPRK and China, we know who they mean ...

            Obviously you don’t know. Let me enlighten you.
            The conflict between China, USA, Japan, and a bunch of smaller local countries goes over the South China Sea. China, by seizing foreign (or at least controversial) islets and dumping new islands on the shoals (which is directly prohibited by international law), is trying to make this sea its internal sea, for example, the Sea of ​​Okhotsk for the Russian Federation. And through this sea a year passes international trade for $ 3.7 TRILLION. Naturally, the United States and Japan are interested in keeping it neutral international waters, as it has been for centuries. So the conflict is inevitable.
            1. +4
              20 May 2021
              And I don’t deny it, but they keep Russia in mind, first of all, this is my opinion ...
              1. +4
                21 May 2021
                Both the Republicans and the crap think that one should not claw at the same time with Russia and China. So, of course, they keep Russia in mind, but the main target in the Pacific region, at least for today, is China. The Japanese understand this too. Unfortunately, China also understands this, and is diligently but quietly trying to turn the arrows on Russia, and he himself sit on a tree, as their great Mao bequeathed to them.
      2. +1
        21 May 2021
        Or maybe just hit her? Purple speckled, everything, take it, did she like you?
        Do not you consider this option?
    4. +3
      20 May 2021
      .60 million on their territory seems to be more comfortable for life.

      Maybe, of course, coupe rooms and apartments in 8 squares will seem normal to someone. laughing
    5. -1
      20 May 2021
      According to Japanese media reports, in 2021, the Japanese government allocated $ 51,5 billion for defense, in the next, spending may increase significantly.

      More defense spending - less country spending)))
      1. -1
        20 May 2021
        I agree with you, if America does not help (which is unlikely), then Japan will have to cut off something in order to increase the defense and this is social, will ordinary Japanese agree to tighten their belts for the sake of murky ambitions ??? Here they will either start pumping up society for militarization × for revanchism, or social protests with an incomprehensible outcome, the Japanese, unlike us, are accustomed to living very well.
        1. -9
          20 May 2021
          I agree with you, if America does not help (which is unlikely), then Japan will have to cut off something in order to increase its defense

          I mean, with the collapse of the USSR, Japan has frustrated all its technological advantage. If earlier Japanese companies were the most technologically advanced, now they are no longer.
    6. -16
      20 May 2021
      "Without regard to GDP": Japan lifts the restriction on military spending


      and the GDP will stand behind Japan's back and at some point "scratching"))
      1. -3
        20 May 2021
        It is strange that you were stuck on the minuses, many people think that Japan can afford any kind of spending on the army ??? Of course, the general will say that they will not look back at the budget, but what will the Minister of Economy say?
    7. -2
      20 May 2021
      The world has gone to pieces, the 3rd world, a matter of a relatively recent time! hi
      1. +6
        20 May 2021
        Let's hope not. But the situation is heating up.
      2. +4
        20 May 2021
        Of course, all the largest economies need a harsh "shake-up", so they think, uncles and aunts from the upper echelons, as it were, "beautifully" concoct all this, only the presence of Ya. O. holds them back from the outbreak of war, the fear of destroying the planet. Otherwise, they would have been writing from the trenches and ruins for a long time.
    8. +8
      20 May 2021
      Thus, it can be stated that Japan is turning into one of the strongest players in the Asia-Pacific region, with a powerful army and naval forces.
      Well, it's time to release Kim. Yes
    9. -8
      20 May 2021
      Japan is our only natural ally in the inevitable imminent confrontation between China and Russia.
      1. +1
        20 May 2021
        From this you are straight with the joke, so with the joke laughing
      2. +3
        20 May 2021
        Quote: syndicalist
        Japan is our only natural ally in the inevitable imminent confrontation between China and Russia.

        You forgot the USA. True, unlike Trump, the senile Joe is more likely to want (or they will) want to be friends with China against Russia. But it doesn't last forever. Mark my words, in 2022 crap will lose Congress with a bang, and in 2024 America will have a new president. Or the old new president, if Trump wants and can run. After all, he is over 70.
    10. +4
      20 May 2021
      It is clear that a defensive army will not be forever defensive. The main thing is that we are ready for this.
    11. +14
      20 May 2021
      Pfft, their fleet is already one of the strongest not only in the APR. They will fix in the constitution what is already obvious.
      1. 0
        20 May 2021
        And now the fleet is a guarantee of victory ???
        1. +10
          20 May 2021
          Quote: Murmur 55
          And now the fleet is a guarantee of victory ???

          For Japan, yes. Was, is, and will be. An insular country, there is no strategic depth on earth from the word "absolutely", so you have to take out the strategic depth into the sea.
    12. -3
      20 May 2021
      I wonder how the mattresses will react to this?
      A loyal ally in the region (well, or a vassal), sooner or later will get into the loop. Is it necessary for the overlord to protect them?
      1. +3
        20 May 2021
        It will be a dog that they will drop on someone and nothing more.
    13. +1
      20 May 2021
      Comrade in arms "戦 友 (lyrics: Masimo Hisen, music: Miyoshi Kazuoki. 1905). laughing
    14. -2
      20 May 2021
      And uncensored
    15. +4
      20 May 2021
      If someone is armed, then it is for some purpose. The DPRK threat is nonsense. If they do not poke around, they will not attack. China can chop off a couple of islets but will not do this, since it will have to fight for them with strong players. There is only one thing left, the Japanese have their eyes on something and want to chop it off in the future.
      1. -1
        20 May 2021
        For the DPRK, American bases in Japan are a threat if something happens.
        1. 0
          20 May 2021
          Conclusion: Japan is threatened by American bases on their territory.
      2. 0
        20 May 2021
        Who has the same China ??? Sorry, but something tells me what to love to win back, but if you're talking about RF, then it depends on the authorities.
        1. +1
          20 May 2021
          Japan will build up its strength. This does not mean that they are going to squeeze something in the next couple of years. This is a preparation for the future, for the case when the situation changes.
    16. mvg
      +8
      20 May 2021
      They already have 5-6 budget in the world, and the second navy, after the United States. 28 URO destroyers, 2 light aircraft carriers, the best diesel-electric submarines in the world. 200 ++ modern aircraft, AWACS, Poseidons, plus a US base in Okinawa. Air defense / missile defense. They are not going to fight with China.
    17. +6
      20 May 2021
      Of course they want to jump from the islands to the continent. Who wouldn't? But who will let them go there? Moreover, with an eye to historical experience. The socialist neighbors will blow it out. It won't reach us. We just won't make it. And Kim and the Chinese will then apologize to the States. Soryan, they say, bro, they didn't want to ... of course somehow ...
    18. +8
      20 May 2021
      That's +1 problem ... Japan should not be underestimated - they practically wiped out that part of their mentality that prevented them in BB2. Now it is a country with the highest scientific potential and modern industries, with only 20 million inferior demography to us and great appetites ..
      Now the big question is who needs who more -Japan USA or USA Japan. But a strong and militarized Japan is an unequivocal threat to us.
      1. -1
        20 May 2021
        I'm afraid you do not take into account that the youth of Japan and other countries are not torn into the trenches and into battle. There is, of course, a certain percentage, but how many of these will be enough with modern weapons.
        1. +4
          20 May 2021
          There is such a moment - the Japanese now live very well by the standards of Asia. At the same time, modern propaganda works wonders, unfortunately - they turn on fumigation with the chanting of old samurai traditions - and instantly many hesitant reorient themselves, nevertheless, competition on the peaceful front in Japan is very high, and the potential for the capacity of the military sphere is still behind 1% of the budget. do not know.
          It should be borne in mind that in our society now (despite a certain hurray-militarism) there is also no general desire to serve the motherland - material values ​​are dominant. But in the case of Japan of material values, maybe ours, it will be easier for people to understand why they should fight if such a course is taken by the state. The mere fact that in Japan microscopic inflation and even at times its opposite effect "Deflation" when prices decrease, the effective long-term course of the Japanese authorities will play into the hands of any playing of the patriotic card.
          In general, it's better to keep an eye on these guys, they start preparing ahead of time ..
          1. -5
            20 May 2021
            The fact that in Japan there is microscopic inflation and even at times its opposite effect "Deflation" when prices decrease

            Now look at the growth and size of the national debt, everyone knows how to live in debt.
          2. -1
            20 May 2021
            I wrote about this, too, not many of us will volunteer, especially if you need to take something away from someone, the Japanese youth are unlikely to help conquer the "northern territories", because the interests are different.
    19. +7
      20 May 2021
      Now Japan is a bit like Germany in 1935, but without Hitler. I think that in 4-5 years Japan will use its fleet in battle, and then Japan's opponents at sea will not be very happy. Interestingly, our General Staff is planning operations to defend the Kuril Islands ...
      1. -1
        20 May 2021
        I think that nothing, the strike will not be on the fleet, but on the cities with the leadership, and I do not think that the targets on the territory of Japan are no longer included in the guidance blocks.
        1. +3
          20 May 2021
          I think that if (God forbid) there is a war between the Russian Federation and Japan over the Kuriles, then it will definitely be non-nuclear.
      2. -4
        20 May 2021
        I think that in 4-5 years Japan will use its fleet in battle, and then Japan's opponents at sea will not be very happy.

        China is capable of waging a simultaneous war with both Japan and India.
        1. +4
          20 May 2021
          Dear Vitaly! I think that you slightly underestimate Japan - one of the most developed countries in terms of economy (3rd place in terms of GDP after the USA and China). And I think that the conflict between Japan and Russia will happen faster than with China.
          1. -3
            20 May 2021
            I think that you slightly underestimate Japan - one of the most economically developed countries

            There is such a thing as a stereotype. I would not put the Japanese sample of 1941 and 2021 on a par.
            The time has gone.
            1. +2
              20 May 2021
              I did not write about this, but about the fact that economically Japan is very strong (3rd place in the world), Japan's fleet is stronger than ours. Japan is definitely not worth fighting with China, but it is worth fighting with Russia, especially in the event of a destabilization of the situation in the Russian Federation (Putin's early departure, unrest in connection with the election results, etc.), because in this case, a military conflict can be resolved once and forever the problem of the Northern Territories (and Sakhalin Japan will come in handy).
              1. -9
                20 May 2021
                I did not write about this, but about the fact that economically Japan is very strong (3rd place in the world), Japan's fleet is stronger than ours. Japan is definitely not worth fighting with China, but it is worth fighting with Russia

                Japan does not pose a serious military threat to Russia.
                1. +6
                  20 May 2021
                  Quote: lucul
                  Japan does not pose a serious military threat to Russia.

                  Look, here's what we have in terms of surface forces: since 2000, Japan has built more than 20 destroyers and 4 helicopter carriers (can be quickly upgraded into light aircraft carriers), and since 2000 Russia has built only 6 ships-frigates (22350- 2 pieces, 3 pieces - 11356) and a patrol ship (11540) Yaroslav the Wise - 1 piece. Exactly 4 times less than that of Japan (we don't count corvettes)! In addition, the above new ships are not in the Pacific Fleet, they are based in the Black Sea Fleet and the Northern Fleet. So, the Japanese forces will heroically meet our Navy in the following quantity: 4 corvettes (3 pieces-20380, 1 piece-20385) and 3 BOD 1155 (which are a hundred years old at lunchtime). Please note that all of the above ships of the Pacific Fleet have practically no air defense (only self-defense). Yes, I also forgot the Varyag RRC, which for 33 years of its service has never been modernized, and neither has it been fully repaired. And how do you fight Japan with this?
                  1. -9
                    20 May 2021
                    And how do you fight Japan with this?

                    Iskanders fly there quietly, especially with an updated range.
                    1. +4
                      20 May 2021
                      Iskanders cannot hit ships.
                      1. -9
                        20 May 2021
                        Iskanders cannot hit ships.

                        And where should the ships return if the ports are destroyed? )))
                        Balls and Bastions will work on ships.
                        1. +3
                          20 May 2021
                          Quote: lucul
                          And where should the ships return if the ports are destroyed? )))
                          Balls and Bastions will work on ships.

                          Those Bastions that on Iturup will be smashed by aviation and that's it. After working off the coast by aviation, the landing of troops from the sea and air will begin on the islands. The whole operation to capture no more than a day.
                        2. -1
                          20 May 2021
                          Yes, yes, but for the whole of Russia no more than 6 months, you are all fighting like WWII.
                        3. -5
                          20 May 2021
                          Those Bastions that on Iturup will be smashed by aviation and that's it. After working off the coast by aviation, the landing of troops from the sea and air will begin on the islands. The whole operation to capture no more than a day.

                          On those islands, yes, but from Sakhalin Bastion will work in full, there is already air defense there.
                        4. -2
                          20 May 2021
                          And what about aviation? And, of course, we will just watch how to destroy Bastions and Bali with Japanese aviation. Nobody will use Calibers, Zircons, and in some cases Yarsa and Poplar
                  2. +7
                    20 May 2021
                    The Pacific Fleet is already a flotilla capable of resisting only the DPRK. South Korea's fleet is head and shoulders above it, and it is not even worth talking about Japan and China.
                    There is still relative parity in the Air Force with Japan, but with the saturation of the F-35 it will be destroyed.
                    1. -9
                      20 May 2021
                      The Pacific Fleet is already a flotilla capable of resisting only the DPRK. South Korea's fleet is head and shoulders above it, and it is not even worth talking about Japan and China.

                      And what, Harpoons really pose some kind of threat? )))
                    2. -3
                      21 May 2021
                      Top is even less - only 3-4 boats.
                      But more is not required to demolish half of China, all of Japan and the West of the United States at the same time.
            2. 0
              20 May 2021
              I agree Japan of the forties of the last century is a completely different country, there life for the sake of the "son of the sun" is the norm. property of Japan ??? Or do you think if they come with "swords" then we will have "swords" in the bed?
              1. 0
                20 May 2021
                hi sorry, forge
              2. +1
                20 May 2021
                Quote: Murmur 55
                I agree Japan of the forties of the last century is a completely different country, there life for the sake of the "son of the sun" is the norm. property of Japan ??? Or do you think if they come with "swords" then we will have "swords" in the bed?

                Alexander, I agree that Japan is different and young people do not want to fight. But the problem of the Northern Territories has not been resolved, a peace treaty has not been concluded and will not be concluded, Japan needs a new territory and resources, which we have in abundance in the Far East. Therefore, war is quite likely. And with almost 100% it can be argued that nuclear weapons will not be used - this is not the case and the neighbors will not understand for sure (China and the USA).
                1. +1
                  20 May 2021
                  With all due respect, if we "give" Japan the islands and part of the Far Eastern region to us as a khan, and this is putting it mildly, China, Europe, the United States, looking at this, will want to EXPAND in the same way.
                  1. 0
                    20 May 2021
                    We with 45 do not have a peace treaty, in the "holy 90s" Japan did not pedal this issue because they did not need it, and then suddenly they began to hysteria and demand, the team came here and the "samurai" are serving.
                2. -10
                  20 May 2021
                  But the problem of the Northern Territories has not been resolved, a peace treaty has not been concluded and will not be concluded, Japan needs a new territory and resources, which we have in abundance in the Far East.

                  I repeat - Japan does not pose a serious threat to Russia, militarily, even without the use of nuclear weapons.
                3. +1
                  20 May 2021
                  And with almost 100% it can be argued that nuclear weapons will not be used - this is not the case and the neighbors will not understand for sure (China and the United States).
                  Yah? Are you 100% sure? Did Putin whisper to you personally?
    20. -4
      20 May 2021
      "Thus, we can state that Japan is turning into one of the strongest players in the Asia-Pacific region, with a powerful army and naval forces."

      They will not be able to create an empire with a new one, even the DPRK will crush them on boats, I wanted to joke, but it's true !!!)))
    21. 0
      21 May 2021
      Japanese behavior is strongly associated with the rise of China. If earlier the USSR and Korea sat within their borders and did not rock the boat, and China could not even crush Vietnam and also did not twitch, Japan did not feel any serious danger, but now the situation has changed. China already has a fleet twice as powerful as the Japanese in composition (it is not clear in terms of quality), a powerful expeditionary force of 340k snouts is being prepared, aviation is growing and the Japanese are seriously afraid that their financial support and security of logistics will be sharply shaken. By the way, this is also connected with the Americans - the Japanese have been increasingly irritated by the presence of the United States. This is clearly seen in their films and anime products, where topical issues are usually voiced. In Okinawa, protests have intensified noticeably.
      And Japan sees that the resources of the United States are more and more strained and the reserves for aid to Japan are decreasing. All this leads to the fact that Japan is actively changing its approach to the army in the direction of strengthening. But the results of this will not appear soon. They have huge problems with regular staffing, demographics, and it takes time for the strengthening measures to somehow give results. In addition, the ideas of pacifism and herbivorous existence are very strong in Japanese society.
    22. 0
      21 May 2021
      Yes, and the States probably gave the go-ahead for such a race, because they themselves, alone, cannot keep up with the pace of China's naval development. The tonnage of the annual construction of the US fleet is 4 times inferior to China. So the mobilization of the allies began.
      How many times I remember the story of Kitatsi once more than 1.000 ships were sent to Japan, and when the fleet was already near the coast of Japan, God himself raised a hurricane and destroyed the Chinese fleet.
      2 times God will not help.
      It is necessary to study, they are really STUPID and it will not come out that by military force they will not be able to resist China and Russia? , and that the natural allies of Japan are precisely the neighbors of Russia and China, and that the US enemy is pushing them to destruction itself? Luboy sukob with China is mortally dangerous for Japan, as well as with Russia, and the end of Japan's existence may be.
    23. -1
      21 May 2021
      Quote: standan
      And with almost 100% it can be argued that nuclear weapons will not be used - this is not the case and the neighbors will not understand for sure (China and the United States).
      Yah? Are you 100% sure? Did Putin whisper to you personally?

      Do what if New Zealand goes to war with the Vatican. laughing Let them rock the current Hiroshima and Nagasaki seem like New Year's holidays.

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