Defence Procurement in Partnership With Japan – A Guide for UK Companies

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Japan’s Defence Industry is Full of Opportunities for UK Companies to do Business in Partnership with Japan.

Historically the United Kingdom has maintained close relations with Japan, with whom it shares a number of similarities. The rapid advance of defence technologies makes it difficult for countries to go it alone on resource-intensive defence programmes, which is creating fertile ground for closer defence and security cooperation between the UK and Japan.

Between 2004 and 2016 Japan and the UK have signed several agreements and agreed on increased bilateral cooperation in the defence sector. The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (JMOD) budget of GBP163.28 billion (Dec 2016 exchange rates) for their “Medium Term Defense Program” shows the importance that they place on their future defence capabilities and capacities.


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To keep up to date with all of the latest developments in the defence sector in Japan, please visit our dedicated Defence & Security sector page. High profile defence focused events held in Japan in 2016 include SEECAT and Japan International Aerospace Exhibition. Read our coverage of the events.


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