Tag - arms



Nov 26, 2013
Underlining the horror of nuclear arms
Given the stalled nuclear disarmament agenda, the most productive way forward to generate political momentum for the cause may be to emphasize the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons.
Nov 14, 2013
Japan, France eye arms export notice
Japan and France plan to hold their first security talks early next year, possibly in the first half of January, to discuss establishing an arrangement under which Tokyo would be notified of exports from France of equipment that could be diverted to military use, Japanese government sources said.
Nov 12, 2013
Arming the Indian elephant
The long-term sustainability of the 'defense cooperation' relationship, in which India is more a client of the U.S. than a partner, remains a deep concern for Indians.
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.
Japan Times
Oct 5, 2013
Revealing the absurdity of the global nuclear arms race
In the 1980s, I joined the crowds of anti-nuclear demonstrators, driven into a state of terror by the last years of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan, a man we held to be a warmonger and a religious fanatic, had matched the deployment of short-range missiles in Eastern Europe with short-range missiles in Western...
Jul 23, 2013
Government looking to lift ban against arms trade
The Abe administration will begin reviewing Japan's embargo on exporting arms with the aim of creating new guidelines effectively abolishing the long-standing policy.
Jul 18, 2013
Defense firms to get OK to help build F-35s
The government will allow domestic defense-related manufacturers to participate in production of F-35 stealth fighters for the Air Self-Defense Force, according to sources.
Jun 18, 2013
Cruise missile threat in Asia
Cruise missiles that are difficult to detect, increasingly fast and capable of carrying nuclear warheads are raising the risk of catastrophic conflict in Asia.
Jun 16, 2013
Alternatives to North Korea's denuclearization
Sooner or later North Korea must be brought back into negotiations. Some now call denuclearization a pipe dream, preferring to focus on arms control.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 5, 2013
Abe, Hollande to discuss ban on military-convertible items
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Francois Hollande are scheduled to agree Friday in Tokyo to start talks on banning exports of dual-use items that can be diverted to military use, a government official said.
Japan Times
May 20, 2013
The rifleman: behind assault weapons' rise
Rene Carlos Vos, an arms dealer in Alexandria, Virginia, began hanging around the Washington headquarters of the National Rifle Association in the mid-1980s. The NRA's staff were intrigued to see the garrulous, back-slapping Vos in the group's seventh-floor suite, home to its lobbying operation and the...
Apr 11, 2013
Uphill battle for arms treaty
The U.N.-adopted Arms Trade Treaty faces a bleak prospect of being ratified by the three countries that account for 60 percent of weapons exports.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 1, 2013
Export of Japan-made F-35 parts to get exemption
The government will allow Japanese companies to take part in the manufacture of parts for F-35 fighter jet as an exception to the nation's ban exporting weapons.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 5, 2013
Parts for F-35 would evade export ban
Defense contractors are assured that Japanese-made parts for the U.S. F-35 stealth fighter would be exempt from the ban on weapons exports — even if they go to third countries.
Jan 28, 2013
West never tires of the 'burden' of baiting Iran
Is The New York Times inciting a U.S. war against Iran? As it did the war against Iraq?


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