Japan Looks to Increase Military Spending

Tensions in the region growing


Japan's defence ministry says it is seeking more funds for military spending, a day after news the government would boost the defence budget for the first time in 10 years.

The ministry is asking for 180.5bn yen ($2.1bn, £1.3bn), some of which an official said would be spent on missile interceptors and fighter jets.

The move comes with Japan embroiled in a territorial row with China.

It also follows North Korea's recent successful long-range rocket launch.