Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed a boost in military spending following increasing tension over the Senkaku/Diaoyu island dispute with China. This long-standing and ambiguous territorial dispute was aggravated by the former Japanese government’s proposal to nationalize the islands, after purchasing them from a private owner in September 2012. The islands have been at the center of the dispute between Japan and China since 2010, when both countries claimed to own them. This month, Japan’s proposal for increased military spending has further exacerbated the territorial controversy surrounding the islands.

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