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Japan gears up for US defense cooperation in 'all domains'

Biden seen leaning more on Tokyo than Trump to expand role in regional security

The Biden administration may press for Japan to increase its defense budget, which has grown 10% over the past decade. (Photo courtesy of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)

TOKYO -- Japan will push to increase defense spending and capabilities to broaden cooperation with the U.S. in regional security as laid out in Friday's joint statement.

Facing China's rapid military buildup, Tokyo is tasked with taking on a larger role in its security alliance with Washington in addressing potential missile threats and defending remote islands.

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