Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet has approved a record $43.6 billion Japan military budget, increasing it for the fifth year in a row out of concerns over potential threats from China and North Korea. Abe’s cabinet signed off on a 1.4 percent increase in military spending, bringing the total to a record $43.66 billion. Source RT
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“How old is your son? Four?” he asks the reporter. “When he is old he won’t be living in a democracy but in a technocracy, or a dictatorship. It’s sad as hell. I am sorry to say it, but I am 100 percent sure. We are in the process of dismantling democracy.” Source TheLocal
Some 500 national guardsmen and police have been deployed outside the Verkhovna Rada premises. There are also metal frames, people are checked for weapons and dangerous substances. Read also Brussels to continue dialogue with Ukraine on possible violations of minority rights based on Venice Commission’s opinion Chief of the Kyiv National Police Department Andriy Kryschenko said that, according to various estimates, up to 10, 000 people are expected to attend today’s rally outside the Verkhovna Rada. Source Unian