No progress
The EBC appreciates the fact that introduction of European products in the land and sea domains has been increasing. To the contrary, the visibility of European products in the air domains remains extremely limited. As this trend may be derived from Japanese traditional preference of having US defence equipment, the EBC believes that the transparency of the procurement in those domains shall be improved, and more fair opportunity shall be given to European companies.


  • The Government of Japan should regard the use of European defence and/or dual use equipment as a part of fostering the security collaboration with European nations and widen its supplier base. The Government of Japan should strategically promote collaboration and consider EU industries as partners of choice to deliver the next Mid Term Defence Plan 2023/2028 and beyond. It would significantly benefit the operation of the Self-Defence Forces in terms of Life Cycle Cost reduction and would benefit both European and Japanese industries throughout the increased international collaboration opportunities.