Jun 19, 2014

Defense Ministry revamps equipment procurement strategy

The Defense Ministry adopted a new strategy Thursday to reform the procurement process for defense equipment, replacing a 44-year-old policy that focused on domestic development. The new strategy seeks to promote joint development of defense equipment and technologies with other countries to boost the ...

Australia, Japan talk shop on arms tech

Apr 28, 2014

Australia, Japan talk shop on arms tech

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Australian counterpart David Johnston agreed Monday to expand technological cooperation on defense equipment following Japan’s relaxation of a decades-old arms embargo. Johnston also backed the Prime Minister Shinizo Abe’s move to lift Japan’s ban on the right to collective ...

Apr 18, 2014

Makers unsure defense business will pay off abroad

Although the government relaxed the country’s rules on exports of defense equipment this month, companies aren’t necessarily optimistic about sales chances overseas. Reactions to the looser export rules were mixed among representatives of some 50 companies who attended a Defense Ministry briefing on the ...