Japan's white paper outlines top priorities for defence production

08 August 2017

Key Points

  • Japan's latest defence white paper looks to improve the efficiency of the country's defence production and procurement
  • The paper also describes North Korea's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile developments for the first time as a "new level of threat"

Japan's Defence White Paper 2017, released on 8 August, outlines a number of priorities for the country's methods of defence procurement and production.

The paper highlights four major requirements: expanding the competitive research-funding programme; maintaining and strengthening defence production and the technological base to ensure "technological superiority"; improving defence project management; and the promotion of defence equipment and technology co-operation with other countries.

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