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Japan defense spending isn't bound by 1% GDP cap, Suga says

Prime minister says Okinawa will be protected in Taiwan crisis

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga visits the Air Self-Defense Force's Iruma base in Saitama Prefecture.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan is not constrained to keep defense spending within 1% of GDP, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told Newsweek magazine, signaling a willingness to go beyond a long-standing ceiling to cope with a demanding security environment. 

Acknowledging that "the security environment is getting tougher now," Suga identified the space and cyber domains as among the areas of focus for increasing defense capabilities.

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