After Late Start, Japan Attempts to Join Global Defense Market

Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida shake hands at Lancaster House, London, Jan. 21, 2015 (AP photo by Adrian Dennis).
Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida shake hands at Lancaster House, London, Jan. 21, 2015 (AP photo by Adrian Dennis).

Last month, Japan and the United Kingdom agreed to jointly research new air-to-air missile technology. In an email interview, Yuzo Murayama, professor at the Graduate School of Business at Doshisha University, discussed Japan’s entry into the global defense market. WPR: What defense technologies and capabilities does Japan have to offer on the global defense market? Yuzo Murayama: Japan does not have many globally competitive defense-specific technologies or products. This is because Japanese weapons have not been tested in real battlefield environments due to the past ban on arms exports. There are exceptions, such as submarines that contain unique technologies. However, […]

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