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Aerospace & Defense

Japan pushes defense equipment exports with corporate expertise

India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia targeted for market research

A P-3C of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Japan anticipates demand for patrol planes and other equipment in nations that have territorial disputes with China. (Photo by Kei Higuchi)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will work with the private sector to promote sales of defense equipment to India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia, helping to provide market research and other expertise in a sector long barred from exports.

Japan has struck only four deals involving components since the 2014 revision of a rule that had prohibited the export of weapons. The change cleared the path to exports under certain conditions, such as if the equipment would contribute to peace, as a way to support the domestic defense industry.

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