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Japan’s new jet fighter alliance pushes limits of defense policy

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO/LONDON — About an hour by train from downtown Tokyo, two five-story office towers in the quiet suburb of Akishima are an unlikely hub for Japan’s jet engine industry. Inside, 2,000 employees of IHI, Japan’s largest maker of jet engines, design everything from turbines for business jets to fan modules for Airbus and Boeing….Read more

  • September 20, 2023
  • , Nikkei Asia , 06:00 a.m.
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Japan makes defense exports push at U.K. expo

YUSUKE TAKEUCHI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Officials from Japan’s Defense Ministry are joining eight Japanese companies to attend Europe’s largest defense equipment expo next week, in a bid to secure contracts for a sluggish domestic defense industry.   Exporting equipment through deals from exhibitions and other means is “an important security policy,” said Gen. Yoshihide Yoshida, chief of….Read more

  • September 8, 2023
  • , Nikkei Asia , 01:15a.m.
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Japan ruling bloc panel to discuss exports of finished arms

TOKYO — A working group in Japan’s ruling bloc on Wednesday held a meeting to discuss broader exports of jointly developed defense equipment, eyeing the transfer of weapons produced by Japan under U.S. licenses and of those made under agreements with countries other than the U.S.   Some lawmakers in the governing Liberal Democratic Party say guidelines should be revised….Read more

  • September 6, 2023
  • , Nikkei Asia , 06:09 p.m.
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Robot suits, long-haul drones: Japan eyes defense tech startups

YUSUKE TAKEUCHI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Representatives of four Japanese startups involved in emerging technologies with potential defense applications met with government officials here Wednesday to discuss ways to help fledging companies.   The startups are involved in such technologies as drones that can fly long distances and robot suits for carrying heavy loads. This was the first….Read more

  • September 7, 2023
  • , Nikkei Asia , 02:27 a.m.
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Commentary: Why building an effective Japan-U.S. kill chain will enhance defense

BY RINTARO INOUE   Japan’s defense, during both peacetime and emergencies, relies on two key components: the Self-Defense Forces and the Japan-U.S. alliance. Although the importance of the two defense pillars may not be noticeable on a daily basis, every time we receive a J-Alert on our phones about North Korea testing a ballistic missile, for instance, the alert sequence….Read more

  • September 5, 2023
  • , The Japan Times
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Japan’s costs ballooning for new aegis vessel plan

Tokyo, Sept. 2 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese Defense Ministry’s budget request for fiscal 2024 has highlighted the ballooning costs of its plan to introduce new Aegis-equipped vessels to be on the lookout for missiles.   The recently submitted budget request includes 490 billion yen in expenses for the construction of the two Aegis vessels and for other related matters, such as….Read more

  • September 2, 2023
  • , Jiji Press , 08:52 p.m.
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Defense Ministry requests record 7.7 trillion-yen budget for FY2024 

All national dailies reported that the Defense Ministry disclosed on Thursday its record-high budget request of 7,738.5 billion yen for FY2024, including 1,271.3 billion yen for improving missile defense systems to counter China and North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile capabilities. Nearly 380 billion yen was earmarked to build two destroyers equipped with the Aegis missile interceptor system as a substitute for….Read more

  • September 1, 2023
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U.S. to sell long-range missiles to Japan  

All national papers reported that the State Department notified Congress on Monday of its approval of the sale of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles with Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and associated equipment to Japan in response to Tokyo’s request for 50 such projectiles. This will reportedly be the first time for such missiles to be sold to Japan. According to the State….Read more

  • August 30, 2023
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Japan to design new missile for next-gen fighter jets: source

TOKYO – Japan plans to design a new missile for next-generation fighter jets it is developing with Britain and Italy, aiming to equip them with it when they are first deployed in the Asian nation in 2035, a source familiar with the matter said Monday.   A study involving Japan and Britain on what would be fit for new fighter….Read more

  • August 28, 2023
  • , Kyodo News , 10:08 p.m.
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U.S. to sell long-range missiles to Japan 

Kyodo reported from Washington that the State Department notified Congress on Monday of its approval of the sale of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles with Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and associated equipment to Japan in reply to Tokyo’s request for 50 such projectiles. The $104 million export initiative involving standoff defense capabilities is aimed at helping Japan better respond to enemy threats,….Read more

  • August 29, 2023
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