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Japanese Parliament approves accession to Arms Trade Treaty

The upper chamber of the Japanese parliament approved on Wednesday the country's accession to the international arms trade treaty adopted by the UN General Assembly about a year ago, the NHK television channel reported.

Representatives of the Japanese authorities are counting on early ratification of the document, but information on the timing and other details have not yet been reported.

An international treaty designed to streamline the circulation of weapons in the world, whose annual volumes exceed tens of billions of dollars, was adopted in early April 2013. The document in the UN General Assembly was supported by 154 states, including the United States, three opposed, 23 countries abstained, including Russia and China. Then the Russian delegation announced that it would determine its further attitude towards him after a "deep study" in Moscow.

For a treaty to enter into force, ratification will be required from at least 50 states. The document, according to the UN, has already been signed by 118 states, but so far only 31 has ratified it.

Under the control of the contract are all types of conventional weapons, including tanks and armored vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft and helicopters, warships, missiles and rocket launchers, small arms and light weapons.

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