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Japan to relax ban on arms exports

Published:Tuesday | April 1, 2014 | 2:29 PM

Japan is to ease its self-imposed arms export ban for the first time in almost 50 years.

The new conditions would allow Japan to jointly develop arms with allies and give its defence industry access to new markets and technology.

Under the policy, the restrictions on exports to countries involved in conflicts or subject to UN embargos would remain.

Exports will be allowed in cases where they contributed to global peace and served Japan's security interests.

Japan would impose strict screening on exports and would be transparent about the process.

Japan would also not allow its exports to be sold on to third parties.

The changes are likely to be viewed with suspicion in China, which has accused Japan of increasing militarism.


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