Japan is set to establish new guidelines on its arms exports as a review of the existing policy under the three principles on arms embargo is underway. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the announcement during a plenary meeting at the House of Councillors.
Abe said that a need to review the existing three principles is needed to see if everything is still applicable in Japan’s current landscape. ‘We will decide on specifics such as when the transfer (of weapons) is allowed, and its strict screening process,” said Abe. While the prime minister acknowledged the need to evaluate the three principles, he noted that it was essential in keeping peace globally. “We will continue to maintain the basic philosophy of a peaceful nation that abides by the U.N. Charter,” said the premier. The three principles were vital in hampering the transfer of weapons and armaments to communist stations and countries subject to embargoes under U.N. resolutions. Japan adopted the principles in 1967 but in 2011, softened the rules to allow exports for humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts.
The review of the principles is part of Japan’s ongoing efforts to strengthen national security. It is aimed at targeting threats to its territories and people, in light of ongoing disputes with its neighbours, as well as China‘s increasing military presence and spending. However, clarifications need to be made on regulations when arms exports should be done, how to apply strict checks on its usage and issues on transfer to third parties.
[via Global Post]