Japan's security council backs bid to build submarines for Australia
May 19 , 2015
Japan has entered the race to help build new state-of-the-art submarines for Australian navy.
Japan’s security council has approved its participation in the Canberra bidding process. Other non-nuclear submarine-makers from France and Germany are also taking part in the “competitive evaluation” process.
The move comes after Japan eased its postwar restrictions on arms export.
Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga confirmed the security council’s decision, stressing the “importance of defense cooperation” between Australia and Japan.