Russian defense budget is steadily growing year by year. In 2015 it will account for 4.2% of GDP (3,286 trillion rubles). In 2014 it was 3.4% GDP, in 2013 – 3.2%, and in 2012 – 3%.
At the same time in Japan it is still 1% of GDP… This is even less than what is required of the NATO countries (2%).
The increase of scrambles caused by the Russian planes and of course the repeated Chinese violation of national waters near the Senkaku Islands calls for more steep increase in military spending. At the very least it should be 2% of GDP.
Unfortunately the Japanese people are still not ready for this increase being haunted by the ghosts of the WWII…