Japan says parts export to British navy not illegal: Reports
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan has approved the sale of engine parts for use by the British Royal Navy, saying it would not violate arms exports by Tokyo, press reports said on Monday.
The gas turbine parts manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries will be produced for Rolls-Royce which will then supply them to the Royal Navy, the business daily Nikkei and Kyodo News said.
The government said the parts were not deemed weapons as they are used in civilian aircraft and emergency generators as well as naval ships, the reports said.
No official was immediately available for comment at Kawasaki Heavy on Monday, a public holiday.