Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (L), standing next ...
Oct 16th, 2011
(Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (L), standing next to Defence Minister Yasuo Ichikawa, reviews Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) troops during the annual JSDF review at Hyakuri Air Base in Omitama, north of Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo on October 16, 2011. Noda is set to ease a decades-old weapons export ban, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Friday, paving the way for the country's small defence industry to participate in multinational projects. Ichikawa had told Reuters this month that he expected a government decision on a possible easing of the self-imposed ban before long. Mandatory Credit REUTERS/Kyodo
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