London: The Japanese defence authorities have said that they are seeking more funds for military spending.
The country`s Defence Ministry is asking for JPY 180.5 billion, some of which an official said would be spent on missile interceptors and fighter jets.
According to the BBC, the move comes with Japan embroiled in a territorial row with China.
It also follows North Korea’s recent successful long-range rocket launch, the report said.
A Defence Ministry spokesman said that part of the fund would fund the purchase of PAC-3 surface-to-air anti-ballistic missile systems and modernise four F-15 fighter jets.
The Defence Ministry spokesman said the funds were needed `to prepare for the changing security environment surrounding Japan`.
According to the report, officials said that the increase would be used for research into a new radar system and maintenance costs for military aircraft.