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US pushes Japan to provide 155mm ammo for Ukraine

6th July 2023 - 12:00 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo


The US needs to replenish its o stocks of 155mm ammunition, even while it is supporting Ukraine’s war against Russian invaders. (Photo: US Army)

Japan is reluctant to provide lethal aid to support Ukraine's war, despite pressure from the US.

The US has provided one million M795 155mm shells to Ukraine to date, but it is faced with a depleted stockpile of ammunition. In June, Washington DC reportedly requested that Japan offer 155mm shells or high explosives.

After a US request for 155mm shells in February, South Korea agreed to transfer 500,000 rounds.

However, according to the Three Principles on the Transfer of Defense Equipment, Japan cannot provide lethal ordnance, so Tokyo's assistance to Ukraine has been limited to kit such as helmets and ballistic vests.

The JGSDF uses M107 high explosive (HE), Type 75 HE, L15A2 HE and Type

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Koji Miyake


Koji Miyake

Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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