The relationship between defense spending and economic performance in Japan

Robert Dekle
This essay has three aims in evaluating Japan's military security burden. First, the composition of the defense budget of Japan will be reviewed, and an attempt will be made to make the definition of the Japanese defense budget consistent with the NATO definition of the defense budget. Second, the essay seeks to provide a rough measure for the level of defense expenditures "appropriate" to the level of benefits that Japan receives from international security and...
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