Japan: Reported joint drone development with Israel

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The Network against Japan Arms Trade (NAJAT), has expressed concern regarding reports that the Japanese and Israeli governments have agreed on a project for joint development of drones for military use. NAJAT points to the large number of reports of human rights violations by the Israeli military, including by UN bodies. Some of the reported violations involve the use of drones. Reports indicate that, subsequent to the agreement, three companies have been approached by the Japanese authorities: Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru), NEC, and Mitsubishi Electric.  The Japanese Cabinet weakened restrictions on weapons exports and joint development in 2014, paving the way for Japan’s increasing involvement in the international arms trade.

 

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Author: 武器輸出ネットワーク(NAJAT)

イスラエルとの無人機共同開発に反対

防衛装備庁がイスラエルと軍用無人偵察機(ドローン)を共同研究する準備を進めていることが明らかになりました(6月30日、共同通信)。イ
スラエルの持つ無人機技術に日本の高度なセンサー技術などを組み合わせるもの…2014年に放映されたNHK番組の中で…防衛省装備政策課長(当時)が語っていた「(イスラエルの)機体と日本の技術を使うことでいろいろな可能性が出てくると思う」という言葉が現実になろうとしています。それは、憲法9条のもとであり得なかった「死の商人国家」になることです。

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Company non-response
7 October 2016

Fuji Heavy Industries did not respond regarding joint drone development with Israel

Author: 富士重工

Fuji Heavy Industries did not respond to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre regarding the NAJAT report. 

Company response
7 October 2016

Mitsubishi Electric responds to NAJAT regarding drone development reports

Author: 三菱電機

Mitsubishi Electric responded to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre regarding the NAJAT report, stating that it had not been approached regarding the joint development with Israel of drone technology. 

「お問い合わせ頂きました件につきまして、弊社がイスラエルとの無人機の共同開発を打診されている、という事実はございません。」

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Company non-response
7 October 2016

NEC did not respond regarding joint drone development with Israel

Author: NEC

NEC responded to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, but declined to comment on the NAJAT report or its substance.

「弊社は、お客さまに最大の価値を提供し、社会に積極的に貢献することをコミットしています。そのコミットを果たすべく、全ての事業活動において厳格な方針・手順を適用しています。弊社は、貴団体(Business & Human Rights Resource Centre)によってウェブサイトで提供される知見に敬意を払っており、貴団体をはじめ各団体から公開される関連情報を注意深く考慮しておりますが、個々の研究プロジェクトに関するコメントは控えさせていただきたく、どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。

 NEC Corporation is committed to serving the best interests of its customers and contributing positively to society. To support this commitment, the company applies strict internal policies and control procedures while conducting all of its business activities. We appreciate the intelligence provided on the website of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, and we consider carefully the information that is published through this resource as well as other sources, however, it is our company policy to not comment on our research projects in general 

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