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Abe’s statement on buying more U.S. weapons raises concern in Defense Ministry

  • November 8, 2017
  • , Asahi, Mainichi
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Asahi wrote that some Defense Ministry officials are afraid that the Kantei will pressure the ministry to purchase more U.S.-made weapons systems following Prime Minister Abe’s remarks at Monday’s press conference with President Trump that his administration “will be buying more [defense hardware] from the United States.” Although other ministry officials are taking an optimistic view by explaining that the premier’s statement referred to the agreed-upon procurement of “Aegis Ashore” missile defense platforms, domestic and European defense contractors are bracing for being placed in a disadvantageous position against U.S. rivals in future SDF defense equipment procurement initiatives. The article took up comments by several security experts criticizing the prime minister for “blindly following” the United States.


Mainichi carried a similar story, quoting an unnamed MOFA official as saying that Tokyo needs to respond to President Trump’s calls for more purchases so as not to displease him. The paper added that the nation’s procurement of U.S. defense equipment under foreign military sale (FMS) arrangements has already soared under the Abe administration by 450% from the previous five years.

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