Japan hosts first major arms show, looking for an edge in the tech

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s first major arms show, was inaugurated on Monday, is to create a forum in which the japanese government hopes will help tap technology is that it needs to counter the threat posed by China and North korea.

A real-size simulation of the F-35 fighter jet is displayed at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, on November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Tim Kelly

About 200 protesters gathered near the front entrance of the convention center near Tokyo, to call for a government-sponsored DSEI Japan, and the exhibition to be shut down if they perceive it as a threat to the nation’s pacifist constitution.

Concerned by increasing Chinese military activity in the East china Sea and North Korea’s missile advances, Japan has an increase in defense spending over the past seven years to $50 billion per year, with the purchase of an advanced U.S. stealth fighter jets, missile defense interceptors and a radar-based systems.

“Technology has made rapid strides, and our equipment may not be able to cope with things such as a hypersonic nuclear warheads, and drones,” Gen Nakatani, a former minister of defense and a senior ruling Liberal Democratic y lawmaker, told Reuters on the arms to show.

“Innovation has been all over the world, and, by means of an exchange of Japan and it will be able to keep track of,” he added.

China spends more than three times as much as Japan on defense, as the recent North Korean developments are likely to make Japan’s new ballistic missile defence system out of date before they are used.

Prime minister shinzo Abe, the government, in 2014, abolished a decades-long ban on foreign military exports, in a bid to cut procurement costs by allowing Japanese companies such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (7011.(T) to expand their production base.

Yet, in the five years since the ban ended, Japan has largely failed to make inroads into foreign countries, and bring both to a lack of experience, and to make sure that the risk on the sale of weapons that can be harmful to other, more profitable businesses.

There is, still, continued foreign interest in tapping the Japanese technology for use by the military, with companies such as Lockheed Martin Corp’s (LMT.(N) , Raytheon Co. (RTN.(N) and BAE Systems PLC (BAES.(L) all of them are looking for new forms of collaboration, in Japan.

“There is a great deal of international interest to see what Japan has to offer in the world,” said Alex, Rising, International, Development Director at Clarion Events, who have organised the show for the coverage of land -, air -, and marine equipment.

Abe’s government faces opposition at home, the policies of a number of Japanese people in fear of so doing, ” the constitution, as well as herald a return to the militarism that ravaged the country in the second world War.

“The production of weapons is not going to make us safer. Japan has had to rely on diplomacy,” said one protester, who only gave her first name is Takako.

Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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