The Straits Times
Published on Nov 08, 2012

Japan to make F-35 jet parts under relaxed arms ban


TOKYO (AFP) - Japan will allow domestic firms to take part in production of the F-35 fighter, the first such case since Tokyo last year relaxed a self-imposed ban on arms exports, a report said on Thursday.

Japanese firms will make up to 40 per cent of parts that will be used in the stealth jet from 2017, the Yomiuri Shimbun said in its evening edition, without citing sources.

Japan has decided to replace its ageing fighter fleet with the jet, developed jointly by the United States, Britain and seven other partner countries.

But Japanese firms have not thus far participated in the project because of the nation's 1967 decision to tightly control foreign weapons sales, which later became an effective ban on all sales of weapons and related technology.