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Gov't drafts revision of arms exports ban

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By Nobuhiro Kubo

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There are some in the (arms) industry who would like to see restrictions on exports eased, but careful study should be given to the export issue. Even if the ban on exports were lifted, there probably would be no big rush for foreign markets. Weapons are less than 10 percent of the sales of most of the nation's arms producers, and Japanese production costs are too high for their arms to compete on the world market. During the Vietnam war the use of Sony TV cameras to locate bombing targets became a political issue. If Japan banned export of every item with the slightest possibility of use by the military,the nation wouldn't be able to conduct any trade.

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Why so slow in lifting ban , lol, but to say on the words of expensive Japan arms, its expensive because its only produced for Japan, and there lies the high cost, and its also frightening to think, how much money is spending China on arms, and they got cheapest work force, and huge export o ftheir weapons, so, every dolar that China spends is like when Japan spends 10 , so, compare now who spends how much on military, heh, so this lift should cheapen their military productions, and they are looking for partners all over the world for that, and as always, it would be perfect that Japan has crazy amount of money to spend on military, then they would not litf at all this ban on export ( to prevent techonogy transfer ) but, money is not there, and they have to risk that so that they can make Japan military production more cheaper , because, price of every weapon is also influenced with the price of developing , as we see for F-35 , as more and more countries leave from buying it , it gets more and more expensive .

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Let's make money selling tools to kill people, no moral conundrum at all?

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Japan has some interesting weaponry to offer if the ban is lifted. For example the P-1 MPA, C-2 heavy lifter, type 88 ASM, US-2 Flying boats, Soryu type SSK.

They all have considerable possibilities in the market. UK is looking for replacements for MPA in which presently they only have the Boeing P-8 as an option which is considerably higher priced then the P-1. Phillippines whats some ASM to defend their shore line in which Japan can provide the type 88 which is going off line so there are many surplus type 88 waiting to be demolished. India has already signed a bill of intent to purchase the US-2 and Australia is seriously concerning to purchase some or all of license for the Soryu type SSK.

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This is good news.

A bunch of countries already import/export a bunch of weapons so Japan entering into this market wouldn't make anybody more dangerous.

We should do it, if it helps our sluggish economy even just a little,

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Don't see what the fuss is about from the Japanese citizen perspective. I don't think that anyone would want to purchase any of their weapon/military systems since they would be a.) most likely overpriced b.) not combat proven. The military technology market is monopolized by 3 countries, Japanese tech would have an incredibly difficult time finding a niche in the international market (aside from the aux and small parts they contribute to American defense contractors, which they do a very good job of making btw). Typically you go with whats combat ready and tested.

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Only industry left in USA is weaponery industry. India, Saudi Arabia and many countries are begging to buy from Japan. So, Japan already has customer countries lined up.

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@tokyo_eiyuu

if you don't think anybody will buy weapons from Japan, then what's your problem? Lifting the self ban will make no difference, will it ?

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Abe's comments have a rather contradictory overtone. He is citing the instability in Asia as a reason for bolstering the military, but his motivation is purely economical. I have a question for Abe: If you do change this and start selling arms, will you sell them to countries that support China or countries that are anti-USA? This will leave Japan with very few customers for their arms and, once again, Abe's economic strategies will fail.

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@hide suzuki

I never said I had a problem with it! I merely said they will have a hard time selling, its a free world by all means lift the ban. Nobody should be "alarmed" from a sales point of view, be it citizens, allies, and all others.

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@Disillusioned

" will you sell them to countries that support China or countries that are anti-USA?"

Those countries are already buying weapons from other countries like Russia, duh

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Japan is not militarizing. I repeat. Japan is not militarizing!

You felt somewhat unsure when I said it the second time, didn't you?

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@HonestBloke

Japan is not militarizing. I repeat. Japan is not militarizing!

You felt somewhat unsure when I said it the second time, didn't you

Hm, it seams you didnt hear Abe saying that in 2020 ,Japan military will be same as rest of the world militaries , that means, having same abilities and having same way of defending it self , as other countries have in world , as it seams that you dont understand the limitations that today JSDF has , but, there is diference in what China and Korea wants to say what " militarising " means , they want to prove how Japan making it self military country, and thats pure joke, specially when we know North Korea totall dedication on military, or South Korea who has compulsory military service , and China who has 2nd world spending on military, specially on new advanced weapons. Anyone who follow China military can say they are using all efforts to make their army as replica of American army, to have same strength , so, what Japan to do when someone who has so high goal want to attack Senkaku Island ? Not to mention that island is too small to control it from that spot, so, only way to control it is to occupy islands around Senkaku . And thats the real goal of Chinese , occupation of set of islands .

@Disillusioned

If you do change this and start selling arms, will you sell them to countries that support China or countries that are anti-USA? This will leave Japan with very few customers for their arms and, once again, Abe's economic strategies will fail.

India is interested in colaboration with Japan in military production, also Japan willl provide engine for Turkey Altay tank , and also there is talks with French military industry on development of new weapons .

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I don't see any reason why Japan doesn't sell arms. Maybe the users of Chinese junk would like to buy some quality weapons the next time around.

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