Alright, buckle up, SOFREP readers. We’re diving into Japan’s latest move—a real trendsetter.

They’re easing up on those tight-fisted arms export controls, and let me tell you, this isn’t just a policy shift; it’s a seismic rumble in the world of defense.

Japan, the nation that’s been playing it cool with a pacifist front since the big World War II show, is stepping into the ring with a proposal to ship out its homegrown Patriot missiles to Uncle Sam.

The Silent Giant Awakens

For decades, Japan’s been this quiet giant, sitting on a defense market worth about 3 trillion yen ($21 billion).

That’s no small change, but it’s peanuts compared to the giants in the US defense carnival.

Now, they’re eyeing a spot at the high rollers’ table.

This new rule they’re cooking up? It’s a green light to send arms made on their turf, under license from foreign honchos, right back to the landlords.

We’re talking about the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC3) missiles, babies of the US defense titan Lockheed Martin, but born and raised on Japanese soil.