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By Tim Kelly

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Something of a great concern for USA (gradually). Like automobile business Japanese arm business may creat a tough competition for them and take away major part of their profits.

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they have to talk about it.

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It will take Japan more than 10 years to archieve a military export industry. But maybe now we will see some mechas in action

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The Abe administration's elimination of the arms exports ban will be for " U.S. support". The fiscal balance in the United States has been exacerbated by the huge war expenses on the War on Terror and the reduction of military spending in the USA which has been a "sanctuary" has also been forced upon. Given that the increase in the defense budget and the crumbling economic conditions of the United States and Japan is unrealistic, a closer cooperation of the defense industry is necessary.

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They enough material in Fukushima to make dirty bombs.

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Japan may be able to find buyers sooner than they think. Many countries in Southeast Asia and even Australia have already expressed strong interest in buying Japanese arms mostly vehicles, helicopters, missiles, aircraft and most importantly warships the last of which Japan is still a great maker of even under Article 9. Australia already wants Soryu subs and I heard SEA would like a few Japanese destroyers. A lot of their other stuff are quite excellent as well.

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"The U.S. army and British armed forces have already taken Panasonic Corp’s logo to the battlefield, using its rugged Toughbook PCs, acquired through third-party vendors, rather than directly from the company, to guide surveillance drones."

I really hope Panasonic isn't putting these together in some factory in China. On so many levels.

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Here it is finally coming out. Abe's neo-nationalism and neo-militarism is mostly about making money for his corporate colleagues and the LDP purse. All the talk about Japanese uniqueness, yet we find that these guys just can't help but chase after the US, even when that imperialistic ship is sinking.

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Wouldn't the drop in sales to Japan erase gains by lower domestic spending?

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The increased production request of 100 F-35 with those Japanese firms involved are pretty much a done deal.

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Forget morals and being a nation of peace--it's all about the bottom line.

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Exactly, as the saying goes, "Si vis pacem, para bellum" if you want peace, prepare for war.

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The Defense Ministry can review all it wants, but Article Nine of Japan's U.S.-drafted 1947 writes,

...renounces the right to go to war and prohibits the maintenance of a military. Period.

BTW, Japan has been easing Article Nine since 1983.

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@some14some: Japan Inc. will make divisions in USA, just like they succeeded in 20th century. Now, they can crush all arms industry, just like Japan inc. destroyed Michigan. Then, many states thank that their state has lower unemployment rate because of Japan Inc factories. Ky, Tn are two of many states.

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I wish they had done this a few years ago. This way the US Navy could have bought into the XP-1 program instead of going with the P-8.

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