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2008-05-22 Thu 00:00
Japan should boost defense spending instead of decreasing it as Tokyo's Asian neighbors expand their military budgets, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan said in a speech at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan Tuesday.
China has increased military expenditures by an average of 14.2 percent annually, and South Korea's defense budget has grown 73 percent, said J. Thomas Schieffer.
.In contrast, Japan's ratio of defense spending to GDP has been declining despite its growing concerns over potential military threats, he said.