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Japan allows automatic weapons against pirates

Japan has eased its more than 400-year-old weapon laws and will now allow automatic weapons on oil tankers, according to Bloomberg.

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The world's shipping companies have successfully reduced the number of pirate hijackings after increasingly relying on armed guards. Now Japan has joined the trend, as the country has eased its more than 400-year-old weapon laws, according to Bloomberg.

Japan will now allow private guards to carry automatic weapons on board oil tankers sailing in certain parts of the Indian Ocean, and Bloomberg informs that this marks the first time that Japan has allowed civilians to carry anything but hunting rifles since 1588.

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