Monthly Archives: May 2014

May 09

ATT should not be used as a legitimization to weaken national policies on arms transfers: Japan’s ratification and its abandonment of the ban on arms exports

Written by Midori Natsuki, Oxfam Japan On 9 May 2014, Japan ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). But alongside its ratification of the ATT, Japan decided to abandon its long-held blanket ban on arms exports on 1 April 2014. In 1967, the Japanese government introduced three principles prohibiting arms exports to: (1) communist bloc countries, (2) […]