The Japanese government agreed Tuesday its first aircraft carrier and various military defense capabilities, under pressure from the Trump administration, to "spend massive sums" on US military defense products to curb their trade Wall Street Journal reported a surplus over the US.
The new guidelines, passed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, tackle Trump's criticisms while ensuring that Japan strengthens its defense capabilities against rising threats.
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Abe has been trying for a long time to strengthen Japan's military cooperation with the Allies. The measure highlights Japan's need to address potential threats from North Korea and China to its naval expansion.
Proponents say that buying expensive American weapons will reduce the US trade deficit and improve military cooperation with allies. Under the guidelines, Japan will push for a more cost-effective purchase of advanced US equipment and seek more collaborative research and development.
Critics argue, however, that the purchase of American weapons will negatively impact the Japanese defense industry. The hope of Japan, for example, to develop their own F-2 fighter jets, is uncertain. It was unclear whether the successor to the F-2 should be manufactured or co-developed in Japan.
The guidelines called for the creation of special units in space, cyber attacks and electronic warfare, while Lake Constance and the Air Force were integrated to better coordinate operations.
Preparations for US-Japan trade talks are in progress and could take place next month, Bloomberg reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.