Russian media: Japan plans to rebuild its military industrial complex to get rid of purchasing expensive weapons from the United States

On November 25, the website of the Russian strategic and Cultural Foundation published an article entitled “Japan will enter the world arms market: Japan’s discussion on rebuilding a strong military industry sector is no longer whispering, but a loud announcement”. The author is Anatoly Koshkin, professor and history doctor of Russia’s Oriental National Institute. Excerpts of the full text are as follows: < / P > < p > according to the post-war peace constitution, the Japanese authorities were forced to implement the policy of de facto banning the export of weapons and military technology. This has caused discontent among those who are trying to rebuild the military sector and want to participate in the lucrative international arms trade. In April 2014, the Japanese government lifted the arms export ban, adding that “weapons will not be exported to countries in a state of military conflict or subject to sanctions by the United Nations Security Council.”. In order to pass the bill, the Japanese parliament “explained” that arms would be exported only if it was “beneficial to the cause of peace and to the protection of Japan’s security”. In a dialogue with many Japanese politicians and political scientists, the author has repeatedly heard them say that the arms trade is an indispensable respite for Japan’s economy, which has been stagnant for many years. In order to clarify that Japan has absolutely no intention of fighting with any country, they explained that this refers to the establishment of a strong military industrial complex in Japan. The sector will serve as an engine for economic growth and enhance Japan’s declining influence in the region and around the world against the backdrop of China’s rapid rise. The author is told that this problem will only occur in the first stage of entering the market. Because Japan’s assumption is that with the widespread use of robotics in the stage of mass production of weapons, the cost of Japanese military products will be significantly reduced. The above-mentioned Japanese politicians and political scientists also appeased the author on the issue of actively amending the peace constitution in Japan. They explained that the move was purely economic. They said the constitutional legitimacy of Japan’s armed forces would help Japan get rid of the practice of buying expensive weapons from foreign countries and expand its defense industry. < / P > < p > if the past domestic discussions on rebuilding a strong military industrial complex were still whispering, now they are talking about this goal. Some Japanese media acknowledged that “Japan’s arms export will also help to complete the task of protecting and maintaining Japan’s military industry under the situation that the arms supply in India Pacific region is almost monopolized by the United States.”