National / Politics Jul 23, 2015

Japanese firms to export Aegis computer system components

The Abe administration has approved the development and export by Japanese companies of some computer system components for the Aegis system that can intercept ballistic missiles. It was the fourth approval by the National Security Council since the ban on overseas transfers of defense equipment ...

National / Politics Apr 1, 2014

Abe eases weapons export rules

by Mizuho Aoki

The Cabinet approves eased principles and guidelines for weapons exports, ending a strict ban that lasted nearly 50 years as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sets the stage for Japan to play a more active role in global security.

National / Politics Mar 6, 2014

Ban on arms to nations in conflicts will stand

Japan plans to maintain its ban on arms exports to countries involved in conflicts, government sources said Thursday, in a bid to dispel concerns about a drastic overhaul of the country's policy to restrict the shipment of weapons. In crafting new principles on arms export ...

National / Politics Feb 26, 2014

Japan eyes arms exports to secure sea lanes under new rules

Japan will allow the export of arms to countries located along sea lanes to ensure the safe delivery of oil and other natural resources, while bolstering Japan's defense cooperation with the United States by providing repair work for U.S. military aircraft overseas, according to ...

National Oct 14, 2013

SDF engine parts cleared for export to British navy

Japanese engine parts used in Self-Defense Forces ships can be sold to the British navy because they are used by the private sector and are not necessarily treated as weapons, a government source said Sunday. The precision parts, manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., are ...