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GOJ prepares legislation to export used weapons systems

  • January 19, 2017
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri gave top play to a draft bill designed to enable exports of second-hand defense hardware, explaining that the GOJ is aiming to provide the Philippines and other ASEAN members with patrol boats and other defense equipment free of charge or at low prices with the ultimate goal of holding China’s maritime advancement in check. The Abe administration is planning to submit the legislation to the Diet shortly in order to revise an existing law that prohibits the “transfer of national properties at improper prices.” Because of this statute, Tokyo had no choice but to loan to Manila five second-hand patrol planes even though the Philippines initially wanted to purchase them at low prices. Mainichi ran a similar story, adding that the Abe administration may face mounting criticism over its inclination to actively export weapons.   

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