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Japan’s New Arms Export Policies: More than Just Defence Procurement


Increasingly relaxed arms export rules and stronger engagement with international diplomatic heavyweights signal a fundamental shift in Japan’s foreign policy

Shinzo Abe came to power as Japanese prime minister in December 2012 largely on the back of his claims to economic competence. And that is probably how he will wish, in due course, his time in office to be remembered. Indeed, his particular brand of economics – ‘Abenomics’, aimed at reviving Japan’s economy – has certainly made many headlines. However, it is Abe’s reforms to Japan’s foreign and military postures that are more likely to be remembered by history; in the long

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