Japan PM ditches ban on weapons export

  • Japan banned weapons exports back in 1967 but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now chucking those rules. Reports suggest that Abe wishes to "maintain the balance of power in the region," an expert said. 

    The move will be beneficial for the nation since it will now be able to join multinational weapons development efforts and bolster its defense alliance with the US. 

    "Japan has proactively contributed to international peace. And this stance won't change moving forward," the defense minister said. The New york Times notes that the change is limited since exports will only be allowed to partnered countries, which won't be selling arms without Japan's approval. 

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