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Japan's ruling bloc paves way for wider exports of defense items

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But Japan will remain unable to export weapons to a country where an "armed attack" has occurred, such as Ukraine and Israel, the source said.

On one hand it's good that Japan will sell weapons for the purpose of deterring conflict.

On the other hand, if a conflict starts, how will the buyer get required parts?

Seems to me that Japan needs to make changes to theor legal structure.

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Unfortunately, no one seemed to want to buy the JSDF arms. For one thing some of them are indeed outdated and crappy, though not cheap. For another they're lacking strategic market perspective. Japan's pride and joy the US2 can't sell because it doesn't have the type certificate. Learn from South Korea!

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When these so called "Defense Equipments" fallen in a foreign hostile country hands, they will regret this bill very much.

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There should be exception for Ukraine as Germany has done.

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What's the difference between peddling arms and drug dealing?

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BertieWoosterToday 08:59 am JST

What's the difference between peddling arms and drug dealing?

Arms can absolutely, 100% save lives if they deter aggression. QED

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There should be exception for Ukraine as Germany has done.

The German constitution doesn't restrict foreign arms sales. German Meko Class frigates and Leopard tanks have a global customer base and operate on every continent, as does their small arms industry.

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Unfortunately, no one seemed to want to buy the JSDF arms. For one thing some of them are indeed outdated and crappy, though not cheap.

Japan makes some of the most advanced arms in the world. An example is the Type 03 Chu-SAM. Another would be the new Type 10 tank, which features some of the most advanced metallurgy of any tank in the world. Some analysts call it the first 5th generation main battle tank. The gun it uses is a Japanese product too, not a copy of someone else's tank gun. Japan has some advanced anti-ship cruise missiles and the new Mogami class frigates are considered to be the most advanced of their kind in any navy. The combat information center, where the ship is fought from, is especially innovative.

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But Japan will remain unable to export weapons to a country where an "armed attack" has occurred, such as Ukraine and Israel, the source said.

Good luck finding any buyer for Japan's weapons, when Japan's official policy is that Japan won't re-supply and restock its existing customer once that customer is engaged in a war.

Not that Japan has any weapon that foreign buyers are interested in.

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@Desert Tortoise

An example is the Type 03 Chu-SAM.

Nope.

Another would be the new Type 10 tank

Type 10 "mobile coastal gun" is not survivable in modern tank warfare.

Japan really really doesn't have single weapons system that's exportable, not counting SM-3 and GCAP which are basically American and British systems in reality.

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Another would be the new Type 10 tank

Type 10 "mobile coastal gun" is not survivable in modern tank warfare.

The Type 10 I refer to is a new Japanese design, not a license produced version of someone else's design like the Type 90. It is a very well regarded tank. While the tank itself is quite a bit lighter than a Leopard, the weight of its armor is greater than that of the Leopard. Armor panels are field removable and replaceable, and different armor systems can be used for different missions. It's fire control system and associated sensors are probably the most sophisticated of any tank currently in use.

https://www.army-technology.com/projects/type-10-tk-x-main-battle-tank-mbt/

https://tankhistoria.com/modern-day/type-10/

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