Japan is continuing to expand its military role not just in the Asian region but also in the international scene. Just recently, Japan and France signed an arms transfer agreement. The agreement is seen to pave the way to develop drones and other unmanned equipment together as Japan seeks to play a greater international military role.
Talks between the two power nations revolved on diplomacy and national security. As a result, the two countries’ foreign and defense ministers reached an agreement aimed at exchanges of defense equipment, services and technology and starting talks on specific projects.
The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and his government is preparing to make legal changes to accommodate plans to bolster Japan’s defense role, allowing it to defend a foreign country under attack. These moves are seen to be major reactions of China’s growing military presence in the region. The deal with France could give Japan a greater access to the lucrative defense market. France is known to be a major weapons exporter. On the other hand, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian cited drones for underwater surveillance and mine removal and explosives-handling robots as possible candidates for joint development. Giving statements through an interpreter, he said that “France and Japan have a lot in common. We are both maritime nations, and we have high-tech companies. Together, we can make a win-win situation.” His Japanese counterpart, Gen Nakatani, said Japan hoped they can quickly launch specific projects. Japan has signed similar arms equipment and technology transfer agreements with other countries including the United States, Britain and Australia. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius also joined the talks. Japan and France also agreed to step up broader military cooperation and anti-terrorism efforts.
This military deal is seen to be a very important deal in the history of weapons and defense.
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