Joint UK-Japan arms development


According to the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun, Japan is going to ease its decades-old ban on weapons exports to boost its defence economy. Ahead of UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Japan in April, Tokyo is aiming for joint arms development projects with London. The British government has proposed joint projects in four different fields including the auto-loading system for 155mm Howitzers. The move to relax the ban on weapons exports will allow the Japanese defence industry to join in every kind of multinational armaments project and thereby allows the country to reduce its own defence spending because of joint research and development.

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