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 ...

Japanese companies debut at international defense fair

Jun 16, 2014

Japanese companies debut at international defense fair

Twelve companies became the first from Japan to participate in an international defense exhibition Monday by exhibiting their wares at the five-day Eurosatory defense fair in Paris. Their participation is expected to help Japan cash in on the easing in April of its long-standing ...

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 ...

Defense firms pushing to boost role

| Aug 12, 2013

Defense firms pushing to boost role

by Eric Johnston

With pressure mounting from U.S. defense officials and the powerful Keidanren business group on the government to relax arms export restrictions, the military-industrial lobbies in Washington and Tokyo hope the future bilateral security relationship will incorporate their interests more robustly. At the same time, ...