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Japan to increase ammunition stockpiles and munition depots

11th December 2022 - 21:12 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

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Japan is establishing a new explosives plant. This photo shows 155mm shells and propellant powder. (Photo: Koji Miyake)

The ongoing Ukraine conflict is showing countries like Japan that they need to boost stocks of ammunition and missiles.

The Japan Self-Defense Force’s (JSDF) ability to fight continuously is inadequate, according to comments by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in October.

Currently, the JSDF holds only around 60% of its required Patriot PAC-3/MSE and SM-3 missiles for ballistic missile defence. Its stockpile of shells and rockets would also be consumed within about two months of combat.

As the JSDF has prioritised introducing frontline equipment such as fighters and tanks, ammunition stockpiles are insufficient. The annual budget for ammunition has remained no more than JPY250 billion ($1.82 billion).

The JSDF assumed it could ask the US government to provide ammunition if it

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Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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