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Published: Wednesday March 5, 2014 MYT 11:25:02 AM
Updated: Wednesday March 5, 2014 MYT 11:26:27 AM

Japan concerned about lack of clarity in China's defense policy

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo February 15, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo February 15, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

TOKYO (Reuters) - China's lack of clarity in defence spending is a source of concern for the world and for Japan, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday.

Suga also told a news conference that the jump in China's 2014 military budget, which China said earlier in the day would rise by 12.2 percent, is something that Japan is keeping an eye on and that Tokyo will stay in close contact with other nations.

(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko and Elaine Lies; Editing by Dominic Lau)

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