Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 6 hours, 50 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
Japan drafts revision of arms exports ban
February 24, 2014
 Print    Send to Friend

TOKYO: Japan has drafted new guidelines that would reverse a decades-old ban on weapons exports, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday, a move that could further strain ties with neighbours China and South Korea.

Tokyo has been reviewing the self-imposed export ban under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new security strategy, aimed at bolstering the self-reliance of the military.

Serving as prime minister for a rare second time and enjoying solid public approval, Abe says Japan needs a stronger military to cope with what he calls an increasingly threatening security environment, with a more militarily assertive China and unpredictable North Korea.

The proposed revision could draw criticism from China and South Korea, where resentment over Japan’s wartime aggression still runs deep. Beijing and Seoul also have long-running territorial disputes with Tokyo over different sets of islets.

Japan drew up the “three principles” on arms exports in1967, banning sales to countries with communist governments or those involved in international conflicts or subject to United Nations sanctions.

But the rules over time became tantamount to a blanket ban on exports - with some exceptions - and on the development and production of weapons with countries other than the United States.

Under the new guidelines, arms exports would be approved upon “rigorous review” if they were to serve peaceful missions or if joint development of a weapon was deemed to enhance national security, the source told Reuters.

The draft principles omit the ban of exports to governments that are involved in international conflicts, a move that Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun said on Sunday was aimed at paving the way for more sales to countries like Israel, which last year bought Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jets with Japan-made components.

“It’s not necessarily aimed at boosting exports so much as clarifying the types of cases in which exports were previously allowed under exceptional circumstances,” the source said, declining to be identified because the draft is not public.

The Liberal Democratic Party-led government hopes to agree the revision with its more dovish coalition partner, the New Komeito Party, and approve the change as early as next month, the source said.

Reuters

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
Death toll may rise in Japan landslide
TOKYO: The death toll from catastrophic landslides in western Japan could more than double, a police tally showed on Friday, as fears of a fresh collapse temporarily halt..
Hiroshima landslides toll tops 39, over 50 still missing
TOKYO: Japanese police said the death toll from rain-triggered landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima city rose to 39 on Thursday with 51 people still missing, as searc..
36 dead as Japan landslides smash homes
TOKYO: Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 36 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said on Wednesday, after a..
111-year-old Japanese becomes world’s oldest man
TOKYO: A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognised as the world’s oldest living man. Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinne..
Japan veterans worry about army policy shift
TOKYO: Tokuro Inokuma, a former Imperial Japanese army soldier, got his first taste of the horrors of war in 1945 when he scrambled to gather up the scattered limbs of hi..
 
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright