Japan seeks record defence budget, outer space, cyberspace in focus

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The Defence Ministry on Friday requested a record 5.32 trillion yen ($50 billion) budget for fiscal 2020 as it stressed the need to beef up Japan's defence capabilities in domains such as outer space and cyberspace.


The sum marks a 1.2 percent rise from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2020. If approved, the defence budget will grow for the eighth year in a row under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The ministry asked for 52.4 billion yen to strengthen its outer space capability amid the intensifying race among major powers such as the United States, Russia and China to develop technologies in the domain.

A space operation unit will be newly formed inside Japan's Air Self-defence Force, with purchases of equipment to detect electromagnetic interference with Japan's satellites, as well as an optical telescope to monitor space debris and unidentified objects in outer space.

The ministry sought 23.8 billion yen to expand the number of cyber defence unit members and take other measures for cybersecurity. To develop a "stand-off electronic warfare aircraft," which can hinder invading enemy forces by jamming equipment, 20.7 billion yen will be earmarked.

These requested items reflect the government's latest national defence guidelines adopted last December, which said that the fields of cyberspace, outer space and electronic warfare have the potential to "fundamentally change the shape of national security" that has so far mainly focused on conventional ground, sea and air domains.

As for the planned deployment of the U.S.-developed Aegis Ashore land-based missile defence batteries, the ministry asked 12.2 billion yen to acquire the required vertical launching system, develop human resources and conduct surveys to evaluate candidate areas.

To counter the North Korean threat, the ministry has sought to introduce the Aegis Ashore system in Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures. But the plan hit a roadblock when it was disclosed in May that a geographical survey for the deployment used erroneous data, drawing harsh local backlash.

It also requested 3.1 billion yen to start upgrading work on the Izumo flat-top helicopter carrier to enable it to transport and launch fighter jets, a plan specified in the defence guidelines.

About 84.6 billion yen is eyed to buy six F-35B fighter jets to use on the Izumo. They are capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings.

The ministry said in the budgetary request that it is also seeking funds to develop fighters to succeed the ASDF's F-2s, which it estimates will be retired in the 2030s, without specifying a figure.

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Japan seeks record defence budget, outer space, cyberspace in focus

2019/08/1567144428.jpg
Read: 3450     13:07     30 August 2019    

The Defence Ministry on Friday requested a record 5.32 trillion yen ($50 billion) budget for fiscal 2020 as it stressed the need to beef up Japan's defence capabilities in domains such as outer space and cyberspace.


The sum marks a 1.2 percent rise from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2020. If approved, the defence budget will grow for the eighth year in a row under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The ministry asked for 52.4 billion yen to strengthen its outer space capability amid the intensifying race among major powers such as the United States, Russia and China to develop technologies in the domain.

A space operation unit will be newly formed inside Japan's Air Self-defence Force, with purchases of equipment to detect electromagnetic interference with Japan's satellites, as well as an optical telescope to monitor space debris and unidentified objects in outer space.

The ministry sought 23.8 billion yen to expand the number of cyber defence unit members and take other measures for cybersecurity. To develop a "stand-off electronic warfare aircraft," which can hinder invading enemy forces by jamming equipment, 20.7 billion yen will be earmarked.

These requested items reflect the government's latest national defence guidelines adopted last December, which said that the fields of cyberspace, outer space and electronic warfare have the potential to "fundamentally change the shape of national security" that has so far mainly focused on conventional ground, sea and air domains.

As for the planned deployment of the U.S.-developed Aegis Ashore land-based missile defence batteries, the ministry asked 12.2 billion yen to acquire the required vertical launching system, develop human resources and conduct surveys to evaluate candidate areas.

To counter the North Korean threat, the ministry has sought to introduce the Aegis Ashore system in Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures. But the plan hit a roadblock when it was disclosed in May that a geographical survey for the deployment used erroneous data, drawing harsh local backlash.

It also requested 3.1 billion yen to start upgrading work on the Izumo flat-top helicopter carrier to enable it to transport and launch fighter jets, a plan specified in the defence guidelines.

About 84.6 billion yen is eyed to buy six F-35B fighter jets to use on the Izumo. They are capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings.

The ministry said in the budgetary request that it is also seeking funds to develop fighters to succeed the ASDF's F-2s, which it estimates will be retired in the 2030s, without specifying a figure.

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