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Newly appointed Japanese defence minister Tomomi Inada: Has called for a revamp of Japan’s war-renouncing constitution. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s new defence minister, who is known for her revisionist views of Japan’s wartime actions, has declined to say whether the country liberated or(...)

 A North Korean missile launch likely failed on Tuesday, according to South Korea’s military, the latest in a string of high-profile failures. Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP

North Korea attempted to fire a missile from its east coast early on Tuesday but the launch appears to have failed, South Korean officials said. Th(...)

In a photo provided by the US navy, Chinese dredging vehicles in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, an artificial island the Chinese are building. Photograph: The New York Times

US defense secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday that Beijing’s island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific bu(...)

Taro Aso, Japan’s deputy prime minister and finance minister, speaks during a news conference announcing the governments planned military spending. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s government approved a record €35.6 billion military budget on Wednesday, with outlays rising for a third year (...)