Japan | Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with Israel over arms import
Defence Redefined
Published on 31/08/2022 at 16:00

Israel’s defence exports to Japan are expected to increase as the Asian country signals intent to boost military spending amid more assertive Chinese provocation in the region.

Tokyo has been reviewing the ceiling of its Armed Forces budget amid growing concern that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will embolden China to threaten neighbouring self-ruled Taiwan.

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party wants to double defence spending to 2% of GDP, which would make Japan’s military budget the world’s third-biggest.

Israeli Defence Minister, Benny Gantz, noted the shift in Japanese policy as he completed a two-day visit to Tokyo with the signing of a bilateral defence cooperation memorandum.

“There will be actual ramifications to this, both on the military level, in research and development and also on the level of defence industries down the line,” he told reporters.

Israeli Defence Attache, Alon Yehoshua, said Japan had voiced special interest in cooperating on cyber technologies with Israel.

In a separate briefing, a Japanese defence ministry official said Gantz and his hosts had “agreed to continue looking at ways in which the two countries can cooperate in defence,” but that they had not discussed any specific projects or procurement deals.

Israeli defence exports reached an unprecedented amount of $11.3 billion in 2021, according to the Times of Israel news site. This made Israel the world’s 10th-biggest defence exporter, the site reported.

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