Japan set to scrap defense spending cap

At the end of the Second World War, Japan occupied by American forces was endowed with a constitution hastily drafted by the plenipotentiary services of Washington under the strict control of General MacArthur. What followed was a very restrictive constitution regarding the country's defense capabilities. Unlike Federal Germany, which in the mid-50s obtained the green light from Washington, London and Paris to increase its defense effort within the framework of NATO, to become in a few years the largest conventional armed force of the old continent, the Japanese self-defense forces remained contained in a strictly investment effort…

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Japan wants "options" in the face of new North Korean ballistic capabilities

Until recently, Tokyo relied fully on its anti-missile shield, and in particular on its 8 AEGIS heavy destroyers of the Kongo, Atago and Maya classes, to neutralize the ballistic threat coming from North Korea. But the performance demonstrated in recent months by Pyongyang's technology, whether it be semi-ballistic trajectory missiles capable of moving under the floor of anti-ballistic systems, or new systems equipped with hypersonic gliders, has largely undermined these certainties, to the point of leading the Japanese authorities to consider options that until now had not even been imagined. On October 23, following the last tactical missile test...

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