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Japan picks Lockheed Martin radar for missile defense system: ministry official

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By Nobuhiro Kubo

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@Ganbare Japan!

Excellent choice by Japan. Lockheed-Martin is the best defense company with most advance technology. Furthermore, dealing with “special friend” USA is always comfortable for Japanese government. Safe pair of hands, great partner.

what brand do you smoke mate?

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I know what you can do: Sing: " Kum Ba Ya...." and hold hands chanting Anti-Abe / America-Trump slogans, while the chinese land troops on Okinawa, and the North Korean Misses detonate all over the country....then, blame THAT on both the Japanese and American governments because you all convinced them to buy more BUTTER than Bullets. "Good Luck to You".

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this does smell like a payola, all Aegis systems employ SPY radars afaik. Using another company's radar doesn't seem to make sense logistically speaking.

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They want to put one inside the capital city of Akita Prefecture, which is home to about 300,000 people. But there is much resistance in Akita. The arrogance and foolishness of this administration is shocking.

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We can see PM Abe game plan. First. Japan will buy Lockhead's Radar system. Next Japan will buy the F35B for Izumo. After that, Japan and the US will restart f22 production. Lockhead will use its political influence in DC to help Japan avoid any tariffs Japan will get the big American market. America will get a hugh defense orders and a strong ally equipped the best systems in world. Japan and US wins. Europe and China big losers.

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This should put mr.abe on trumps 'nice' list for all of .. 2 days at the most

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Excellent choice by Japan. Lockheed-Martin is the best defense company with most advance technology. Furthermore, dealing with “special friend” USA is always comfortable for Japanese government. Safe pair of hands, great partner.

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Come on, Trump pushed the deal backed on his Japan doesn't pay enough for protection. It is so obvious!!

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Good for Japan in being proactive.

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Japan's enemies love this news because the Aegis Ashore can easily be defeated by SLBMs.

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Could ease friction between Tokyo and Washington???

Often the most important lines are blurred, slurred, or written as short as possible. There has been several MOP that have said that a missile defense system purchase is what Trump wants and expects.

Trump just got Japan to buy his system. He’s probably walkin around figuring how he can charge the Koreans and us for everything.

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"North Korea needs to show it is making concrete steps to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, and it has yet to do so," Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

So until then Japan will have the latest and greatest! Hurry along that Furokomi! TT payment. That way we can all sleep even better living near our Rabid dog neighbor.

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Quick make that deal before any kind of peace agreement

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The Japanese defense official said that Lockheed's radar had been selected due to its search capabilities and because its life cycle cost would be less than the Raytheon system.

A certain JT poster with unabashed anti-Lockheed sentiments must be going ballistics at this news.

Lockheed has a history of underbidding to win contracts, then incurring cost overruns and "getting well" with subsequent change/modifications contracts to fix the problems. It's an inherent part of the defense game.

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Lockheed has a very shady history in Japan indeed - basically they used US taxpayer money to bribe Japanese politicians (PM Tanaka) and yakuza tied war criminals (Yoshio Kodama). Amazing really that the company is still allowed to do business here.

http://www.atimes.com/article/lockheed-scandal-40-years-downfall-prime-minister-kakuei-tanaka/

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They have a history of 'successful bids' in Japan, look at the L-1011 TriStar with Kakuei Tanaka, and the F-104. A number of books have been written which refer to the Lockeheed PR and Marketing Machine since 1977, such as The Arms Bazaar, The Grease Machine and Prophets of War

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Japan choose, or some well connected amukari choose?

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