2014年02月27日

My latest in Jane's Defence Weekly: Japan drafts new export policy guidelines

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Japan drafts new export policy guidelines

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

24 February 2014

Japan has drafted new guidelines that would formally abolish a self-imposed ban on weapons exports, a move that would reverse a key security policy in the post-war period, documents obtained by IHS Jane's show.

Japan imposed the 'three principles' restricting weapons exports in 1967. These prohibited arms deals with communist bloc countries, nations subject to UN sanctions, and countries involved in international conflicts.

The proposed guidelines remove the ban on dealing with communist countries on the grounds that it was imposed during the Cold War era and is now irrelevant.

The guidelines also lift the ban on arms exports to governments involved in international conflicts.

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