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Pentagon eyes Japan’s commercial technology

  • January 9, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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Monday’s Tokyo Shimbun front-paged a report on its recent finding that the Department of Defense held a seminar in Tokyo in November for Japanese companies in order to study whether Japanese technology could be used for the U.S. military. This was the second time for the Pentagon to hold such a seminar in Japan, following one in 2014 when the GOJ adopted new principles on Japan’s transfer of defense equipment and decided to allow the nation to exercise its right to collective self-defense. The U.S. military has previously looked into Japanese technology by providing funds to researchers at universities, but has now expanded the scope of research to include private firms. Sixty companies participated in the briefing, which was held in late November at METI. Individual follow-up meetings were held with 18 companies in December. A DOD official was quoted as saying that the purpose of the seminar was to identify, assess, and deploy technologies that enhance the capabilities of the U.S. military.

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