Japan outlines industrial reforms in new defence policy

17 January 2019

Key Points

  • Japan needs to enhance the resilience and competition of its national defence industry, according to a new defence policy
  • The reforms include measures to support greater levels of localised industrial support for imported military systems

Japan’s new National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) – the English version of which was published on 16 January – has highlighted a requirement to support the development of a “more resilient” national defence industry that can increase the supply of military systems to the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF).

The NDPG also calls for Japan to strengthen its military-technology ties with the US and other allies, to play a greater role in supporting imported military equipment, and to make greater efficiencies in defence procurement.

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