Japan's Cabinet has approved a 13.1 trillion yen ($147 billion) supplementary budget through March that includes military spending for border defense.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the plan, endorsed Jan. 15 as part of the government's economic stimulus package, includes 210 billion yen ($2.4 billion) for an equipment upgrade to strengthen border defense. It still requires parliamentary approval.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Jan. 11 a 20 trillion yen ($225 billion) package of public works and other projects aimed at supporting Japan's struggling economy and manufacturers. Critics say the stimulus would aggravate Japan's massive public debt while fueling wasteful spending on unneeded construction projects.
Japan has faced recession amid weakening investment and demand in Europe and China. Sales of Japanese products in China have slumped due to a territorial dispute.
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