Minister Kono’s Regulatory Reform Minister to Review Defense Budget for Fighter Development

Minister Kono’s Regulatory Reform Minister to Review Defense Budget for Fighter Development November 14 at 12:45 PM

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In the government’s “Autumn Review,” which examines the government’s business in a public environment, discussions were held over the procurement of the next fighter jet for the Air Self-Defense Force, and Minister for Administrative Reform Kono pointed out that the composition of the defense budget needs to be reviewed in order to incorporate new technologies and advance the development of fighter jets.
The government’s “Autumn Review,” which examines the results of the country’s business and whether there are any waste in public, held a discussion on the morning of the third day over the procurement of the next fighter to succeed the Air Self-Defense Force’s F2 fighter jets.

In this report, a Ministry of Defense official called for the need to strengthen its defense capabilities, cause the security environment surrounding Japan is becoming increasingly severe, with the number of new fighter jets in China and Russia nearly tripled from the Air Self-Defense Force.

Experts also pointed out that japan should take the initiative to ensure that new technologies should be actively introduced in order to overturn the inferiority of the numbers by quality, and that “japan needs to take the initiative so that there will be no increase in costs in joint development with other countries.”

In response to these discussions, Mr. Kono, who served as Minister of Defense until September, said, “The understanding of the people is essential for the development of the next fighter aircraft. It is important to take in new technologies, and while it is difficult to significantly increase the defense budget in the future, it is necessary to boldly review the personnel and research and development budget of the Self-Defense Forces without dragging the past.”