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Japan election

Washington looks to Japan's defense budget hike after election

U.S. welcomes continuity, but hopes for burden sharing rise

A member of the Japan Self-Defense Force honor guard stands at attention during a ceremony at the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense)

NEW YORK -- The solid win by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's coalition in the general election Sunday has been welcomed in Washington as a sign of continuity. But focus is quickly shifting to the size of Japan's defense budget, which the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has vowed to increase.

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