The Japanese government has ruled that Kawasaki Heavy Industries can manufacture parts that will be sold to the British Navy because they were used by the private sector and would not violate the country’s weapons ban. They say the parts will be used for civilian aircraft and emergency services and so cannot fall under the policy that prohibits sales of parts that can be used as weapons by other countries.
Kawasaki Heavy has been manufacturing the parts locally for the Naval Self-Defense Forces and other users under license from British firm Rolls-Royce. They are now set to produce the parts for Britain’s Royal Navy as they need replacement parts for their ships, which used to be supplied by Rolls-Royce. The Royal Navy asked the SDF to determine if this deal would in any way violate their three principles on arms exports which they adopted in 1976 which prevents Japan from selling weapons to communist states, countries that are subject to embargoes under UN resolutions and countries that are involved in international conflicts.
After discussions with the trade and defense ministries, they decided that it didn’t violate any of those principles because the parts would be used for civilian purposes and not for weapons. Kawasaki will be shipping the parts to Rolls-Royce soon and in turn, it will supply it to the UK‘s Royal Navy. No further details were given as it will violate a non-disclosure agreement between the two companies. There have been reports that the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to have the weapons policy relaxed so Japan can participate in the lucrative global defense industry. It will boost the country’s defense industry output and at the same time reduce the cost of buying defense-related equipment. It can also lead to stronger defense ties with other countries.
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