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your parents in on nato defense projects sources exclusively telling reuters that tokyo is keen to join a missile building group japan's not a nato member but if it joins it would share costs of the sea sparrow missile weapon designed to shoot down anti ship rockets and attack aircraft reuters tim kelly in tokyo has the story japan last year and removed , and weapons exports on defense exports , cheryl and groups like this said the ceasefire consulting and japan is very interested in southeast asia and they wanna make alliances and friends in the region and is something that they see as kind of a counterweight and to growing chinese that power in the region , that point about china exactly what countries like the united states want to hear the u. s. navy is very keen for japan to step up as a counter to beijing's testy moves are in the south china sea washington's looking to set up a network of neighboring defense ties among its asian allies and those plans match prime minister shinzo abe's more aggressive security stance , since lifting the ban on exporting weapons arby's agreed to give aid and trade military tack with asian countries on tight military budgets like the philippines and malaysia which are also in dispute beijing talks on the missile group are still early but japan's clearly looking to cut it's teeth on the arms markets one deal at a time