Tokyo, Canberra test sub fleet export waters

May 29, 2014

Tokyo, Canberra test sub fleet export waters

by Tim Kelly and Matt Siegel

Japan will get the chance to pursue an unprecedented military export deal when its defense and foreign ministers meet their Australian counterparts in Tokyo next month. Japan is considering selling submarine technology to Australia — perhaps even a fleet of fully engineered, stealthy vessels, ...

May 19, 2014

Tokyo ponders exhibition of GSDF military gear at Paris arms show

Tokyo is considering whether or not to allow domestic defense-related companies to participate in an international exhibition of defense and security equipment in Paris in June, a government source said Sunday. It would be the first full-fledged participation by Japanese companies in the trade ...

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 ...

Mar 25, 2014

Japan's ruling bloc approves new rules on arms exports

The ruling parties approved new guidelines on arms exports Tuesday, setting the stage for the first major overhaul in nearly 50 years of the country’s arms embargo policy. The Cabinet is expected to approve the guidelines next week, while concerns remain that Japan’s status ...