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Japan, France sign arms deal to broaden military role

Japan and France signed an arms transfer agreement on Friday, paving the way for developing drones and other unmanned equipment together as Japan seeks to play a greater military role internationally.

In the talks on diplomacy and national security, the two countries’ foreign and defence ministers reached an agreement aimed at exchanges of defence equipment, services and technology and start talks on specific projects.

The ministers signed the agreement at a joint news conference following the talks.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is preparing to make legal changes to accommodate plans to bolster Japan’s defense role, allowing it to defend a foreign country under attack amid China’s growing military presence in the region.

Japan and France also agreed to step up their broader military cooperation and anti-terrorism effort.
Japan has signed similar arms equipment and technology transfer agreements with the US, Britain and Australia.

Japanese officials have said that Japan is seeking to start discussing a possible joint research and development in unmanned systems such as drones.



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