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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Japan Exhibits Weapons for First Time since Lifting of Ban

RIA Novosti

14:08 17/06/2014

TOKYO, June 17 (RIA Novosti) – For the first time since Tokyo has been permitted to export arms, Japanese military technology is being presented at the Eurosatory 2014 international exhibition, NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, reported.

Ten Japanese companies have placed their exhibits in a 250 square meter area, displaying an armored vehicle, a helicopter and a parachute, among other defense industry products.

In April, the government effectively waived the ban on arms exports. Now there are only three circumstances under which Japanese companies are prohibited from selling weapons abroad: when the countries purchasing the arms are involved in international conflicts; when the buyer presents a threat to Japan's security; or when the weapons are being used for purposes other than those specified in the contract, such as the transfer to third parties. Under these conditions the Japanese manufacturers are allowed to export weapons and actively participate in international arms development.

The Eurosatory 2014 international military exhibition opened in Paris on June 16 and runs until June 20. It is considered one of the largest exhibitions with 1,500 companies from 57 countries, including Russia, presenting their weaponry.

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