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Japanese exporters slowly gear up

1st December 2015 - 15:02 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


Japanese defence manufacturers are slowly appearing on the international stage as companies take advantage of a loosening of the country’s tight regulations regarding military sales.

In December 2011 the Japanese government introduced a first round of eased export restrictions, followed by another in April 2014. In doing so Prime Minister Shinzo Abe overturned the long-standing and self-imposed policy of the Three Principles on Arms Export. 

Renamed the Three Principles on Defence Equipment Transfers, these new rules allow greater technical cooperation with overseas companies, as well as direct sales of equipment that contribute to global peace and serve Japanese security interests.

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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