A protester holds a caricature cut-out of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a mass rally against his security bill outside the parliament in Tokyo August 30, 2015. The placard reads, "Are you a dictator, Abe?" REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Japan's Defense Ministry Monday made its biggest ever budget request, as Tokyo bolsters its military amid lingering territorial rows and worries over China's expanding naval reach.Japan is increasingly wary of China, which is seen by several countries in the region as becoming increasingly aggressive in various sovereignty claims, including a dispute over island ownership with Tokyo.Among the items on the Defense Ministry's shopping list are 17 SH-60K naval patrol helicopters, with a combined price tag of 103 billion yen. Japan and China have routinely butted heads over the ownership of the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus.
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