Japan panel: Sweeping defense buildup, more cost unavoidable


              Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, right, and former ambassador to the U.S. Kenichiro Sasae pose for a photo at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. A Japanese government-commissioned panel said in a report to  "indispensable" amid growing threats in the region, calling for the public’s understanding to bear the financial burden for the defense of their country. (Kyodo News via AP)
            
              FILE - This photo provided by the North Korean government shows the test-firing of what it says a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile at Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
            
              FILE - In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Chinese troops line up (march) during the Vostok 2022 military exercise at a firing range in Russia's Far East, on Aug. 31, 2022. A Japanese government-commissioned panel said in a report to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, that drastic defense buildup including possession of pre-emptive strike capability is “indispensable” amid growing threats in the region, calling for the public’s understanding to bear the financial burden for the defense of their country. 
(Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP, File)
Japan panel: Sweeping defense buildup, more cost unavoidable