Japan, Britain in talks on joint arms development
News On Japan via Reuters -- Apr 05
Japan and Britain hope to reach a deal to begin joint development of arms following Tokyo's easing of its ban on exports of military equipment late last year, Britain's Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday.
It would mark the first time that Japan has worked with a country other than the United States on military equipment after making an exception for the U.S. missile defence program.
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his British counterpart David Cameron are expected to formally agree to begin talks when they meet on April 10 in Tokyo, Japan's Mainichi daily reported on Wednesday.
A spokesman for Britain's Ministry of Defence confirmed that "discussions are occurring", but said it was too early to say an agreement had been reached.
"The UK will continue to work with the Japanese ministry of defence to identify the best opportunities for our defence industries to cooperate on equipment projects following the announcement of changes to the Japanese policy on overseas transfer of defence equipment," the UK defence ministry said in a statement released in response to the Mainichi report.
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