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Government and PoliticsIn Japan, thinking again about sending weapons to Ukraine

In Japan, thinking again about sending weapons to Ukraine

In the Japanese parliament, the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito movement, after a pause, began to discuss the revision of the “three principles for the transfer of military equipment” concerning the sending of this type of equipment abroad, writes Yahoo Japan with reference to the prospective portal.

The focus will be on whether or not to allow the export of the weapons themselves.

The “National Security Strategy”, approved by the Cabinet last December, said the transfer of defense supplies overseas will provide important support to countries which “are threatened with aggression or the use of force against them “.

While there is a consensus within the Liberal Democratic Party that certain decisions should be made as quickly as possible, there is a much more cautious view within Komeito. Probably, the idea is widespread there that sending weapons abroad can only aggravate the situation.

The article does not hide the fact that the rush is connected with the recent shipment of military vehicles to Ukraine, which were transferred to Kyiv directly by the Self-Defense Forces. However, discussions of military weapons directly indicate that the issue may not be limited to conventional transport. For the past decades, in the arsenals of the Land of the Rising Sun, there has been a lot of military equipment, which is gradually being removed from the composition of active units, to be replaced by a more modern one.

In 1967, Prime Minister Eisaku Sato made a statement to parliament, where he explained in detail the principle of preventing the export of arms to communist bloc countries, embargoed states by UN resolutions and countries involved in international conflicts. In other words, at that time the export of Japanese-made weapons was allowed.

Photos used: Japan Ground Self Defense Force

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