Japan aims to boost defense capabilities within 5 years

Japan's government has adopted this year's basic policies for economic and fiscal management, including a plan to boost the country's defense capabilities.

The Cabinet approved the policies on Tuesday.

They say Japan will fundamentally strengthen its defense capabilities within five years, referring to NATO member states' target of spending at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense.

The policies mention Taiwan in a footnote. They say the leaders of Japan and the United States in talks stressed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and called for a peaceful resolution of the cross-strait issue. Officials say this is the first reference to Taiwan in annual policies.