Friday, April 24, 2015
News this week: Japan will host its first international defence industry trade show at Pacifico Yokohama from 13th to 15th May 2015. The MAST Asia exhibition and conference is focused on maritime security. The show launch coincides with the lifting of a ban on defence exports in 2014 by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The Yokohama event, organised by MAST Communications, is expected to span 3,000 m2 of exhibition space, and feature international delegates from countries including Australia, France, Germany, Malaysia, Norway, the Philippines, U.K. and U.S. Two of Japan’s largest defence contractors, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, will join other exhibitors at the show.
Warren Edge, CEO of MAST Communications, said, “I’ve always had an interest to come here, but up until a few years ago, there was no appetite domestically for anything like this.” The organiser added that representatives of Chinese companies or its government will not attend, stating the decision to not invite them was taken “out of consideration of our hosts.”