Japan prepares for missile shipments after easing arms export restrictions

December 25, 2023

Japan said on Friday it would prepare to ship Patriot air defence missiles to the United States after revising its arms export guidelines earlier that day, in the pacifist nation's first major overhaul of such export curbs in nine years. It will contribute not only to Japan's security but also the peace and stability of the wider Indo-Pacific region," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi said following the announcement. The United States welcomed the move, saying it would replenish U.S. inventories. Under previous rules, Japan could only export components of arms and was prohibited from delivering completed products. Japan produces Patriot missiles under licence from U.S. firms Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

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