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Japan still unable to jointly develop and export weapons

  • May 12, 2019
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei reported on Sunday that five years after Japan relaxed its three principles on arms exports so that it would supposedly be able to participate in joint development of weapons and export Japanese defense equipment, Japan has yet to undertake any projects on either front. Japan has been unable to participate in the U.S.-led development of F-35A fighters, which it plans to procure in bulk, because the development started before the policy change. Furthermore, Japan’s attempts to export submarines, aircraft, and flying boats have all failed. In light of U.S. concerns about the leakage of military secrets, especially to China, which are hindering joint development, the Defense Ministry will require defense contractors to adopt the U.S. Defense Department’s cybersecurity standards from FY2020.

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