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Japan weighs allowing secondhand tank and missile exports

Move would enhance cooperation with neighbors as China's military might grows

Japanese-built Type 10 tanks conduct field exercises. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

TOKYO -- Japan has begun to consider relaxing export conditions on used Self-Defense Forces hardware to include tanks and missiles, which are now prohibited from being supplied to foreign countries.

It will also look into offering Asian countries such equipment free of charge to enhance defense cooperation as China expands its military power.

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