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. . French DJ David Guetta was hoping everyone would get vaccinated against COVID-19 just before he recorded a benefit concert in front of the Louvre in Paris, which will be streamed on New Year's Eve. Guetta, known for almost two decades of collaborations with artists like Akon, J. Balvin, Nicki Minaj and Kelly Rowland, raises money for UNICEF and the French charity Les Restos du Coeur, which provides food and meals to people in need. "I'm going to do the vaccine and I hope people will too because I don't see any other way to get out of this situation," Guetta told Reuters before the performance began.
. . The Japanese cabinet approved a ninth consecutive increase in the defense budget as the government increases funding for the development of long-range cruise missiles and stealth fighters to counter potential threats from China and North Korea. The record 5. 34 trillion yen ($ 51). 7 billion) defense budget slated for fiscal year 2021 is the first under Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and is a 1st. 1% more than in the current year. Much of the budget is devoted to strengthening Japan's missile capability, including 33. 5 billion yen ($ 324 million) for the development of long-range anti-ship missiles that can be launched from destroyers or fighter jets; and 14. 9 billion yen ($ 144 million) for the purchase of JSM long-range missiles loaded on F-35 stealth fighters.
. . The Japanese prime minister passed a proposal for a record high budget for the military on Monday for the ninth year in a row. This includes funding for the country's first stealth fighter in three decades from American weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. The country's cabinet secretary says Japan needs to strengthen its military to counter China's growing regional presence. Katsunobu Kato: "We as the Japanese government have to make our defense operations more efficient in order to cope with the increasingly difficult security environment. "Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's record budget proposal is 1% up on the previous year. With his party having a majority in parliament, the Department of Defense is likely to receive the nearly $ 52 billion in April. Despite a constitution forbidding the possession of offensive weapons, Japan is one of the largest military expenditures in the world. Suga continues to follow in the controversial footsteps of predecessor Shinzo Abe, who reversed more than a decade of military cuts. Suga's government is considering training Japan's self-defense forces to hit remote land targets in China, North Korea and other parts of Asia. China plans to increase its military spending by almost 7% this year.