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Ruling party panel calls for doubling Japan's defense budget

Tougher security environment and US pressure lead to 2% of GDP target

TOKYO -- A group of lawmakers from Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has called for the country's defense spending to double in response to growing national security risks and pressure from the U.S.

The LDP's Research Commission on National Security has urged the government to break with its traditional policy of limiting the defense budget to 1% of Japan's gross domestic product, raising it to around 2% of GDP, the target adopted by NATO.

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