May 19, 2022 22:57 GMT
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Pressure is mounting within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to increase defence spending following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Mainichi reports.
- The article suggests that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed issuing "defense government bonds" to cover the cost of larger defence expenditures.
- Abe remains a highly influential figure within the LDP and is head of Seiwa Policy Study Group, the largest faction in the party.
- At an April 14 faction meeting Abe called for doubling Japan's defence budget to 2% of its GDP.