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U.S. Defense Department explores Japan’s commercial technology

TOKYO, Jan. 8, Kyodo


The U.S. Defense Department held a seminar in Tokyo in November for Japanese companies to study whether their technologies could be used for U.S. military equipment, Japanese and U.S. officials said Sunday.


It was the second time the Pentagon held such a seminar in Japan. The first one was held in 2014 when Japan adopted new principles and guidelines on arms exports and reinterpreted the Constitution to enable the exercise of the right to collective self-defense.


The session took place in late November at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry which arranged it at the request of the Pentagon, attended by some 60 Japanese companies, the officials said without disclosing names of the companies.


The U.S. government has long explored Japanese technologies, providing funding to Japanese researchers at universities and other institutions.


At the seminar, U.S. officials explained about procedures involved in outsourcing of military technologies and priority areas such as energy-saving and materials technologies.


The following month, Pentagon officials had individual meetings with 18 companies.


Lt. Col. Sean Bradley at the U.S. Defense Department who was at the seminar told Kyodo News the purpose of the gathering is to “find, assess and field world-class technologies that enhance the capabilities of the U.S. military.”

“We have found that including foreign technologies into our systems where appropriate increases interoperability between the military forces of our allies and partners as we share common equipment and standards available in today’s global market place,” he said.



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