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Defence Services Asia: Export decision allows Japan to target SE Asian market

10th April 2014 - 10:00 GMT | by Joyce de Thouars in London


Japan’s removal of its arms export ban could offer up opportunities for defence sales to Southeast Asian countries, government officials have divulged.

The news follows a decision on 1 April by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to approve a plan to ease the restrictions on arms exports.

‘Under the new principles, we have made the procedure for transfer of defence equipment more transparent,’ said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

Following the policy’s overhaul, Japan now has greater ability to provide military aid to less developed Southeast Asian countries that are locked in a territorial dispute with China, which

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Joyce de Thouars


Joyce de Thouars

Joyce holds a MA degree in Middle Eastern Studies from King’s College London. Before she …

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