The cabinet of hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed 24.7 trillion yen (USD 240 billion) would be spent between 2014 and 2019, including on drones, submarines, fighter jets and amphibious vehicles, in a strategic shift towards the south and west.

Japan's plan to spend more on defense comes as tensions with China have risen over tiny islands in the East China Sea - known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.

Japan's new defense program is an update of a defense posture last reviewed in 2010 under the now-opposition Democratic Party of Japan.


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