Embassy Row

Bargain for Japan

The United States is showing impatience with Japan”s bargain-basement defense policy, as the U.S. ambassador in Tokyo yesterday pressed for more military spending from a nation that spends about 1 percent of its annual output on defense.

“I think the Japanese are getting a bargain in the alliance [with the United States],” Ambassador J. Thomas Schieffer told reporters.

“Our capabilities have increased dramatically because we are spending more on defense than we were 10 years ago. That helps Japan. I don”t think it is unfair of us to suggest that Japan needs to look at that and make an assessment.”

Japan expects to spend $46 billion through March on defense, which is actually a decrease of 0.8 percent from its current fiscal budget.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.

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