The world's Olympic attention may be focused on Rio, but Japan is looking four years into the future when the Summer Games arrive in Tokyo and it's not just sports it's thinking about. Reuters exclusively reporting that the country is upgrading its surface to air missile defenses in time for 2020.
Inside sources say the country is revamping it's Patriot Pack 3 weapons system adding range and accuracy needed to blow ballistic missiles out of the sky. Senior Tokyo correspondent Tim Kelly explains what direction they'll be aiming in.>> Japan is concerned about the growing threat from North Korea. The tests that North Korea did recently of its Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile shows that it's making progress.
What the Olympics does is, the Olympics actually gives Japan a good reason why it can put this money into providing these upgrades to this Patriot missile for the Defense Ministry, when this goes to the budget proposal. Having this Olympic peg, if you like, is something that is going to help them guarantee that they'll look at the funding for this upgrade.
>> It's Tokyo's most significant missile defense upgrade in a decade, and part of an increase in military spending across Asia. North Korea test fired two ballistic missiles last month, one of them making it more than halfway to Japan. On top of that, China is swiftly modernizing its military as Tokyo clashes with Beijing over islands in the East China Sea and tensions in the South China Sea have much of the region on edge.
Japan's expected to request around $1 billion in defense spending for its 2017 budget. Ships with anti-ballistic rockets already patrol the country's shores. It's also considering the THAAD antimissile system which the U.S. has already agreed to install in South Korea to fend off any potential strikes from the North.