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Japan to conclude pact with Thailand on defense equipment transfer  

Sankei wrote that it learned from multiple GOJ sources on Wednesday that the government is making arrangements to conclude with Thailand an agreement on the transfer of defense equipment and technology from Japan to the country. The paper wrote that Japan is aiming for the two nations to sign the agreement during Prime Minister Kishida’s planned visit to Thailand as part….Read more

  • April 28, 2022
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LDP taskforce proposes doubling defense budget in five years 

All national papers reported over the weekend that an LDP panel on security affairs headed by former Defense Minister Onodera has drafted a package of recommendations to assist the Kishida administration with updating the 2014 National Security Strategy (NSS) and two other key defense documents in December. The panel reportedly emphasized in the draft that Japan cannot afford to waste….Read more

  • April 16, 2022
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MOD holds meeting with companies executives to reinforce Japanese defense industry

By Matsuyama Naoki   Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo held a meeting with the top executives of 15 major domestic defense industry companies at the Ministry of Defense (MOD) on April 13. The meeting was convened out of a sense of crisis over the decline of the domestic defense industry amid the growing percentage of SDF defense equipment being made in….Read more

  • April 14, 2022
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MOD to launch new certification system to promote use of private-sector expertise in defense equipment

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) is planning to launch a new “certification system” to promote the use of private-sector expertise in the development of defense equipment, the Sankei Shimbun learned from several sources close to the MOD on April 4. Private firms have become more sophisticated in technological expertise, and the government aims to pool the technological innovations of the….Read more

  • April 5, 2022
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DM Kishi says intercepting nuclear missile would not cause nuclear explosion 

Nikkei reported on Tuesday that Defense Minister Kishi explained at the Diet on Monday that intercepting a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead would not cause a nuclear explosion. He reportedly said: “The triggering device would lose its functionality during interception and therefore we believe that it would not cause any damage by a nuclear explosion.” 

  • February 22, 2022
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Japan to buy defense tech to prevent leaks from failing companies

TOKYO — The Japanese government will offer to buy technical documents related to defense technologies from companies that are withdrawing from the business to prevent the leakage of such information, Nikkei learned on Monday.   The government will acquire and provide such documents free of charge to other Japanese companies capable of taking over defense supplies. The initiative is set to begin this….Read more

  • February 22, 2022
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Japan, Britain to cooperate on fighter jet sensor

London, Feb. 15 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese and British governments said Tuesday that they will jointly develop a fighter jet sensor, in addition to their collaboration on a future fighter jet engine.     According to the British government’s announcement, the joint sensor development will begin in April, and the public and private sectors of the two countries will take around five….Read more

  • February 15, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:46 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

MOD to establish panel to promote defense equipment exports

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) is set to launch a panel composed of over a dozen domestic manufacturers of defense equipment to discuss ways to strengthen the defense industry and promote exports of defense equipment. Suzuki Atsuo, commissioner of the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA), will head the panel. The first meeting will be held in mid-February. The administration….Read more

  • January 27, 2022
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Japan’s defense industry on the ropes amid growing threats

JUNNOSUKE KOBARA, KONATSU OCHI and NATSUMI KAWASAKI, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — Amid increasing military threats from China and North Korea, Japan’s defense industry has been shoved to the edge of the fighting ring because of domestic companies’ successive withdrawal from the production of defense equipment.   Given the difficulty of developing fighter jets and other cutting-edge weapons by….Read more

  • January 12, 2022
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Japan’s defense industry in predicament 

Sunday’s Nikkei led with a report saying that an increasing number of Japanese firms have stopped producing defense equipment because the Ministry of Defense has reduced its orders of such equipment by half over the past 20 years. As a result, Japan has increased its dependence on the United States for advanced equipment, the paper wrote. The paper argued that Japan needs to concentrate its resources on the development of uniquely advanced defense….Read more

  • January 9, 2022
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