|Author (Person)||Pejsova, Eva, Stanley-Lockman, Zoe|
|Publisher||European Union Institute for Security Studies (EU ISS)|
|Series Title||Issue Alert|
|Series Details||No.41, November 2016|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
Japan’s re-emergence as a ‘proactive contributor to peace’, in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new foreign and security policy, is gradually acquiring a more concrete form. When Japan lifted its historic ban on arms exports in April 2014, many were pessimistic about its capacity to become a fully-fledged actor in the arms market, given its lack of experience, especially after Tokyo’s failed bid to sell its Soryu-class submarines to Australia.
Realising the bumpy road ahead, Japan is now targeting more realistic, near-term arms transfers in two ways: by strengthening military ties with countries in South and South-East Asia, and by deepening cooperation with the US and its allies through technology transfers.
|Countries / Regions||Europe, Japan|