Japan ends half-century ban on weapons exports
Those of you reading yesterday’s International New York Times will have noted the news that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has discarded the long-standing ban on exporting military hardware and weapons.
The move helps Japan to take an immediate, more proactive role in regional security, and assist its South East Asian neighbours (for example Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia) with arms, technology and training.
Potentially another step towards (increased) open international trade with Japan, the announcement is certainly positive encouragement for next year’s MAST Asia sponsors/exhibitors in terms of depth of discussions and trade opportunities.
Somewhat timely that MAST Asia 2015 will be Japan’s first ever international maritime security exhibition and conference.