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Frank Kendall to Visit Japan for Talks on Arms Exports

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The Pentagon’s lead acquisition official Frank Kendall and officials in Japan are meeting Thursday to discuss the arms export guidelines that Japanese defense contractors follow, Reuters reports Wednesday.

Tim Kelly writes that Kendall will meet with officials from the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry in Tokyo to speak about a new export policy for Japanese weapons and defense technology.

The Pentagon undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics will also meet with officials from Japan’s foreign affairs and defense ministries.

Reuters reports that Japan’s small and cost heavy defense industry is due in large part to an almost half century of export restrictions.

Those policies might be on the verge of changing and the U.S. is interested in forming close relationships with policymakers in the country.

Kelly also reports that the Japanese government has recently published a policy paper that will “aggressively promote joint international development production with the U.S., Britain and other countries.”

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