Defence and Security sector in Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Japan invests heavily in the defence and security of its people and property. These large markets are often seen as difficult to enter, but persistence can result in long-term benefits.

Market overview

Japan has a large and sophisticated Self Defence Force.This consists of the Ground Self Defence Force, the Maritime Self Defence Force, and the Air Self Defence Force. In 2013, the UK and Japan agreed to develop closer Government-to-Government links related to Defence Equipment. This is intended to lead to deeper relationships between our respective Defence industries.

The Japan Police Force consists of the National Police Agency (NPA. the co-ordinating body for the entire police system), and 43 individual prefectural polices forces. There are close to 300,000 police officers nationwide.

Japan has a very close defence and security relationship with the United States, but is open to building new linkages with other nations, particularly in Europe.

Key opportunities


  • Peacekeeping Support and Operations

  • Humanitarian Aid

  • CBRN

  • Cyber Defence

  • Helicopters

  • Fast Patrol Boats


  • Cyber Security and Information Assurance

  • Security screening – airports etc

  • Protective clothing & equipments

Latest export opportunities in the Defence & Security sector

Latest export opportunities in Japan

Getting into the market

When doing business in Japan, a partner or agent is key to providing a route into the Defence & Security market and can also be a useful guide and possible safeguard against any in country regulatory restrictions. It is important to be very clear about the benefits to Japanese organisations when talking to them about your services/equipments and it is also important to show your long term commitment in Japan. Building relationships is a slow and measured process but once developed can be key to success. With carful maintenance a good relationship is one for life.

Quality products tried and tested and innovation is just as important as the price.

More about doing business in Japan


Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS).

To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country – or contact your local international trade team.

UKTI Events

UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.

Latest events in Defence and Security Sector

Major Events

DSEI Exhibition London

Date: 10-13 September 2013


Special Equipment Exhibition & Conference on Anti-Terrorism (SEECAT), Tokyo

Date: 2-4 October 2013


Useful links

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Sectors: Business Services and Defence & Security
Countries: Japan
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