In response to growing political tension in South East Asia, both Japan and South Korea have passed increased defense budgets for 2017. Japan’s $44.6 billion budget includes costs for upgrading its PAC-3 Patriot missile system, equipping its ships with Aegis radar systems, and continuing development of the SM-3 Block IIA anti-ballistic missile. South Korea’s budget increase added 4% to defense spending and dedicated an additional $146.2 million of that increase to improving its Kill Chain preemptive strike capabilities and its indigenous Korean Air and Missile Defense program.
Japan’s Defense Budget to Hit Record High Nikkei Asian Review
South Korea’s 2017 Defense Budget Increases 4% Korea Times US