Tag - arms



Apr 12, 2014
Weapons for peace and proactive pacifism
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has relaxed curbs on arms exports and sees great market potential in Asia. In the Pacific Century, Asia's impressive economic growth is funding expanding defense budgets, making the region the most lucrative global arms market. Alas, it is also a region of significant flash...
Apr 8, 2014
Kishida wants leaders to visit A-bombed cities
At a ministerial meeting on nuclear disarmament starting Friday, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday he hopes to call on the leaders of nuclear weapons states to visit the A-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Apr 7, 2014
'Hiroshima Report' gives North Korea failing grade for disarmament effort
North Korea scored poorly on efforts in nuclear arms reduction, nonproliferation and nuclear security in a report issued Monday by the Hiroshima Prefectural Government, which graded 31 nations.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 4, 2014
Japan, Australia set to agree on pact to jointly make defense equipment
Japan and Australia will likely agree during summit talks Monday to jointly develop defense equipment as they seek to bolster bilateral security and defense cooperation, a government source said Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 1, 2014
Abe eases weapons export rules
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.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 1, 2014
China, S. Korea call for transparency in Japan's arms export rules
South Korea called Tuesday on Japan to have "the maximum level of transparency" in implementing newly adopted principles and guidelines on arms exports, a sentiment echoed later in the day by China.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 1, 2014
New arms export principles, guidelines are adopted by Abe Cabinet
Japan on Tuesday adopted new principles and guidelines on arms exports, the first major overhaul in nearly half a century of its arms embargo policy, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set the stage for the country to play a more active role in global security.
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.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 18, 2014
LDP, Komeito lawmakers reach deal on stringent screening for exporting arms
Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito lawmakers agree to a rigorous approval process for arms exports, addressing fears that the country will undermine its pacifist status by loosening long-held restrictions on such trade.
Mar 17, 2014
Nonnuclear states to call on China to join U.S.-Russia arms talks
A draft joint statement for a foreign ministerial meeting in Hiroshima next month involving Japan and other nonnuclear weapons states will call for countries including China to participate in the nuclear arms reduction talks between the U.S. and Russia, a government source said Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 12, 2014
Abe rushing to revise ban on arms exports but Komeito remains wary
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration is in a hurry to lift Japan's self-imposed arms export ban, but political ally New Komeito is reluctant to play along.
JAPAN / 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.
JAPAN / 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 a draft of new principles...
Feb 24, 2014
Abe looks to ease arms export ban for states in strife
In a major policy shift, the Abe administration plans to ease Japan's restrictions on weapons exports by retaining the option to deliver to nations in international conflicts.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 23, 2014
Two-thirds of public against easing weapons export curbs: poll
Two-thirds of the public opposes loosening Japan's controls on arms exports but just over a quarter don't, the latest opinion poll says.
Feb 16, 2014
Tokyo set to approve U.N. global arms pact
A bill to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty, the first international pact to regulating trade in conventional arms, is scheduled to be submitted to the Diet by the end of this month, government sources said.
Feb 16, 2014
Confab calls for action to outlaw nukes before 70th anniversary of bombings
A major conference drawing representatives from more than 140 countries ended Friday with an appeal for action to outlaw nuclear weapons ahead of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki next year.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 11, 2014
Weapons export ban under siege
Japan may soon allow exports of defense equipment to international organizations, such as those involved in U.N. peacekeeping missions, on condition that they do not take sides in conflicts.
Feb 10, 2014
Mutual fears of China, Japan
China and Japan are perceiving more and more threats from each other, and their overactive responses are causing strong sense of insecurity for the region. The vicious circle is driving an escalating arms race.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 30, 2014
Japan to set strict rules for arms exports: Abe
Japan, which is set to rethink its three principles banning arms exports, will set clear and strict rules on when it engages in weapons trade, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday.


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