Japan Approves Joint Missile Study, Export to US

Japan has approved the export of a locally-made component for a missile defense system to the U.S. and is launching a joint research with Britain on air-to-air missile technology for fighter jets.

The Defense Ministry's decision Thursday marks the first defense technology transfers since Japan eased military export rules in April.

The decision reverses Japan's 1967 self-imposed ban on arms exports under its war-renouncing constitution. It comes as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government wants to give Japan a more assertive defense posture.

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