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Exhibitors at Mast Asia 2015 at Pacifico Yokohama
Japan’s first international defense show opens in Yokohama
by Masaaki Kameda
May 13, 2015
Japan’s first-ever international defense trade show kicked off in Yokohama on Wednesday, attracting more than 100 exhibitors as the country aims to ramp up its global security role.
In opening remarks at the three-day MAST Asia 2015 defense conference on maritime security at Pacifico Yokohama convention center, former defense minister Satoshi Morimoto stressed the importance of establishing a system of maritime governance.
“I suppose most participants here would share the view that the Asia-Pacific region is the center of world growth,” Morimoto told the audience, which included high-ranking military officials from a number of countries.
“Maritime security and freedom of navigation based on the international rule of law are the most crucial agenda items for this region.”
Morimoto also said the maritime domain is a “cornerstone” of resource development, since seaborne transport routes account for up to 90 percent of global resource trade.
“As the world population grows, our reliance on oceans as a highway for commerce and source of resources will increase even more,” he said. “I’m confident that the conference and trade show will be (a) significant opportunity for many distinguished members to exchange their views . . . and establish valuable relations over the next three days.”