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Gov't to allow Kawasaki Heavy to supply parts for use by British navy

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This is wrong. I don't care what the interpretation is. Morally wrong and reprehensible. It should be interpreted as unconstitutional. Japan should not be in the arms export business to any extent. Facilitating another military's capability is not what Japan should be focusing on at this point in its history.

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@shinhiyata

Kawasaki Heavy will sell the gas turbine engine components

Hardly something most people would consider an arms export. If it wasn't a Japanese supplier, it would simply be another nationality without such restrictions. Be realistic.

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shinhiyataOct. 15, 2013 - 10:59AM JST This is wrong. I don't care what the interpretation is. Morally wrong and reprehensible. It should be interpreted as >unconstitutional. Japan should not be in the arms export business to any extent. Facilitating another military's >capability is not what Japan should be focusing on at this point in its history.

Nothing wrong it. They aren't selling weapons so it's not unconstitutional. And it's not morally wrong or reprehensible as 99% of any heavy machinery or industrial product can be applied for military purposes. Furthermore it's not strategically wrong because the UK is an allied country.

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Here is the start that exposes the whole purpose behind Abe and the LDPs neo-nationalist agenda, namely to allow the big corporations to sell weapons, boosting stock values for the rich.

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How in the world does selling engine parts become part of a neo-nationalist agenda?

Boy talk about over blowing the topic to epic proportions, geez.

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Let's not kid ourselves that warships aren't arms. This is like selling gun components, but not the bullets.

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About time. What other first world country suffers under such restrictions. America, Britian, France all export weapons and claim to be the free world, Japan should enjoy the same opportunities to derive income form whatever industries it wants to establish.

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Good for Kawaksaki Heavy Industries. Nothing wrong here.

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@Get Real

Let's not kid ourselves that warships aren't arms. This is like selling gun components, but not the bullets.

I can't believe that British warships currently contain no Japanese components.

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I would have no problems with Japan selling weapons to its allies. It's definitely past time to dump Article Nine.

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Good grief they are engine parts, not guns, bombs or even target screens.

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Good grief they are engine parts, not guns, bombs or even target screens.

Compare with:

http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japan-protests-to-france-over-military-sales-to-china

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Better this than the opposite, KHI importing turbine parts for use by SDF vessels. This only enhances someone else's "military" capability.

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Can't see a problem as Chinese military export uses Japanese parts already ;)

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How much of a threat is the UK to Japan? The UK doesn't even have aircraft carriers anymore.

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The UK is an ally of Japan. They also have the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) and HMS Prince of Wales (R09) under construction.

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Anyone naive enough to think that this move by the government is not part of a push to reduce or eliminate regulations on future arms related sales should learn more about the world before commenting here. Abe's neo-nationalism agenda is tied to a neo-liberal economic model that seeks all opportunities for huge corporation to profit, including through arms sales.

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"Abe's neo-nationalism agenda is tied to a neo-liberal economic model that seeks all opportunities for huge corporation to profit, including through arms sales."

America has done similar stufffor the last xxx years, not NEO anymore pal.

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The UK is an ally of Japan. They also have the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) and HMS Prince of Wales (R09) under construction.

We also have assault carriers like HMS Ocean, designed to allow Marines to use helicopters in any amphibious attack.

The British Army uses Military Specification Yamaha Grizzly 450 4 x 4 ATV Quad Bikes... mostly used by the Parachute Regiment and units of the Air Assault Brigade.

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PLAN uses Japan made GPS antennas(KODEN) for their war ships. LoL

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Interesting that the article does not mention that the parts in question are Rolls-Royce parts that are licence built by KHI. RR has stopped making them, and so asked KHI to supply the parts. Japan could have said no, but that would have made any future licensing deals problematic.

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