Japan set up new Defense agency for arms export

Japan’s Defense Ministry launched a new agency on Thursday to enhance its capacity of arms export.
The new Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency is headed by Commissioner Hideaki Watanabe with about 1,800 staff.
It is tasked with managing defense equipment sales between Japanese contractors and their overseas partners under eased arms export rules.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet relaxed the nation’s self-imposed embargo on weapons exports last April, a major change on the war-renouncing country’s defense stance for the first time in nearly half a century.

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