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Japan breaks new taboo with arms export to Indonesia

Japan has decided to donate three patrol boats to Indonesia to help fight terrorism and piracy, breaking the pacifist country’s decades-old taboo against exporting weapons. Japan, which is heavily dependent on Middle Eastern oil passing through the Malacca Strait, said the vessels can be used only to fight “terrorists” or pirates and not transferred to a third country. “Measures to tackle piracy and terrorism are important and we need Indonesia’s cooperation,” Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi told reporters after his cabinet approved the plan. Full Story

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