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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.

As U.S. President Joe Biden struggles to fund his domestic agenda, hope is growing that such allies as Japan can significantly raise their defense spending to better share the burden.

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