National / Politics Sep 2, 2014

Australia leaning toward buying Japan subs to upgrade fleet

Japan and Australia are leaning toward a multibillion-dollar sale by Tokyo of a fleet of stealth submarines to Canberra's military, in a move that could rile an increasingly assertive China, people familiar with the talks said. An agreement is still some months away, three people ...

National Aug 18, 2014

Japan to hold seminar to pitch defense equipment exports to ASEAN

The government plans to hold a seminar in late September attended by officials from ASEAN countries to make a pitch for exports of Japanese-made defense equipment to those Asian nations, government sources said Sunday. It will be the first gathering of Japan and the Association ...

Tokyo, Canberra test sub fleet export waters

National May 29, 2014

Tokyo, Canberra test sub fleet export waters

by Tim Kelly

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, according ...

National 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 show, ...

National 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 as ...