Japan Is Doubling Its Defense Spending

Japan’s defense spending will double to 2 percent of its gross domestic product by 2027, according to an order from Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio on November 28. This could make Japan the world’s third-highest military spender.

Prime Minister Kishida’s order comes just a week after a government panel proposed a report to him on the need to enhance Japan’s defense capabilities. According to the report:

The balance of power in the Indo-Pacific has changed significantly, and neighboring countries are rapidly increasing their nuclear missile capabilities in terms of both quality and quantity.

  • The report says it is “essential” that Japan builds counterattack capable weapons.
  • The nation has to “equip itself with a sufficient number of missiles as soon as possible.”

The logistics: Japan’s Defense Ministry has stated that in order to reach 2 percent of gdp, Japan will have to spend ¥48 trillion (us$345 billion) over the next five years.

Japan will review its spending in the upcoming months and revise its National Security Strategy.

Switching sides? Ever since the end of World War ii, Japan has depended on America for its defense and America has depended on Japan’s word to never start another war. In October, after Japan requested its largest-ever defense budget for the upcoming year, we wrote:

America has forgotten Japan’s history of militarism. … If Japan switches allegiance—if it joins forces with China, Russia and other Asian nations against America—all this military might will be used against America. Is such an alliance possible?

Your Bible says it will happen.

Ezekiel 38 describes an alliance of Asian nations with Russia and China at the head. Verse 6 specifies that “Gomer” and “Togarmah”—ancient names for Japan—are part of this alliance.

Learn more: Read “Why the Trumpet Watches Japan’s March Toward Militarism.”