JAPAN Bids to Build Submarines For Australia

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The Japanese consortium bidding for a $35 billion project to build submarines for Australia said that it would be willing to build all of the submarines in Australia.

“I think we are very confident that we can build boats from day one in Australia,” Ishikawa told reporters at a naval exposition in Sydney.

Australia can choose a variant of Japan’s 4,000-ton Soryu submarine for one of the world’s most lucrative defense contracts.

The high-capacity lithium ion battery, the world’s first, as well as the stealth technology that they said they would be happy to share with Canberra despite concerns over espionage, particularly from Beijing.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Ishikawa conceded that the Japanese consortium, which includes the government, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, had not done enough to woo the Australian public and was shifting tactics to focus more on winning the PR battle.

 Source: The Japan Times

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