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Japan's defense industry still lacks bang overseas

Five years after lifting ban on arms exports, country has yet to ship any kit overseas

Over 10 arms deals have been attempted, but Japan has yet to land even one major contract.

TOKYO -- Five years after Japan lifted a self-imposed ban on arms exports and related technologies, the nation has yet to ship a single piece of kit overseas.

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the decadeslong ban on the export of weapons in April 2014, in a significant shift in defense equipment policy. The change was also aimed at paving the way for joint weapons development with other countries, but this also has yet to happen.

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