Japan Ministry of Defense


 
Defense Minister Kitazawa, Foreign Minister Okada, Defence Minister Faulkner, and Foreign Minister Smith signing the ACSA at the Two-Plus-Two Meeting
No.18 AUGUST 2010

Defense Minister Kitazawa, Foreign Minister Okada, Defence Minister Faulkner,Foreign Minister Smith at joint press conference after"2+2"Meeting

The Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting held and ACSA signed at the Japan-Australia "2+2"Meeting

The Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting
The Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting

On May 19, Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa and the Senator Hon. John Faulkner, Minister for Defence, Australia, held a Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting at the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo. Two ministers exchanged views on international peace cooperation, defense cooperation between Japan and Australia, recognition about China and so on. The two ministers concurred on the recognition that Japan-Australia defense relations have entered upon more practical and definite phase of cooperation.

Japan-Australia Defense Cooperation

At the third Japan-Australia Joint Foreign and Defense Ministerial Consultations (2+2) on May 19, the Japan-Australia Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) was signed. The ACSA calls for the reciprocal provision of goods and services during joint exercises, peacekeeping operations (PKOs), international relief activities, and transportation of its own citizens in overseas emergencies and so on. This ACSA will take effect once it is approved by the Diet/Parliament of the two countries. And this is the second ACSA after the one Japan signed with the U.S. At the Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting held before the " 2+2" , Defence Minister Faulkner said that the signing of the ACSA was an example that efforts for the expansion of defense cooperation between the two countries have borne fruits. He also stated that he would like to enhance joint exercises, including those for the actual utilization of the ACSA, as well as to consider the expansion of areas of cooperation in future. Defense Minister Kitazawa responded that he expected cooperation activities between the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and Australia Defence Force (ADF) in the Pacific Partnership 2010 (PP10) in which SDF and ADF would take part this year. At the meeting, the two ministers also reached a common understanding about the international security situation and deepening cooperation. They exchanged views on their respective matters, such as defense policies (the current status of revisions to the National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) and revisions to the Defense White Paper of Australia, etc.), PKO ( dispatching of personnel to the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT)), defense cooperation (disaster relief and humanitarian assistance activities), and the regional security situation (activities of the Chinese Navy).

Explanation of terminology

Japan-Australia Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA)

The basic principle of the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) is that if either side requests the provision of goods or services, the other side should provide these goods or services. The agreement is designed to establish a framework for the SDF and Australian Defence Forces to supply each other with the goods and services needed when they undertake U.N. peacekeeping operations, international disaster relief and humanitarian assistance activities, joint exercises and so on.

The categories of supplies and services as provided under the Agreement include: food; water: billeting; transportation; petroleum; repair and maintenance; spare parts and components; maintenance; and medical services (provision of weapons and ammunition is excluded from the framework).

Japan-India Defense Ministerial Meeting Held in India

Defense Minister Kitazawa receiving a welcome by the Indian Defence Minister Antony.
Defense Minister Kitazawa receiving a welcome by the Indian Defence Minister Antony.

On April 30, Minister of Defense Kitazawa, who visited India upon the official invitation of Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony, held the second Japan-India Defense Ministerial Meeting since he took up office as Minister of Defense. At the meeting, the two ministers exchanged opinions on regional security situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and North Korea, on maritime security, and on bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges. The two ministers shared the view to 1) hold annual mutual visit between defense ministers - and the Indian Defence Minister will visit Japan in 2011,

The Japan-India Defense Ministerial Meeting
The Japan-India Defense Ministerial Meeting

2) conduct joint exercise between the MSDF and the Indian Navy by 2011, 3) develop further bilateral cooperation for anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, and 4) strengthen Japan-India bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges in various fields and at various levels, such as joint exercises, staff talks between GSDF and Indian Army, and, between MSDF and Indian Navy, mutual exchanges of students and researchers, maritime security, peace-keeping and peace-building, disaster relief and counter-terrorism.

Meeting with the President of Timor-Leste Support via Human Resource Development for the New Country

President Ramos-Horta expressing his gratitude on the acceptance of the students and exchanging views with Defense Minister Kitazawa over facilitating exchanges and other issues.
President Ramos-Horta expressing his gratitude on the acceptance of the students and exchanging views with Defense Minister Kitazawa over facilitating exchanges and other issues.

On March 15, Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa welcomed President Jos Ramos-Horta of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste at the Ministry of Defense. President Ramos-Horta expressed his gratitude for Japan's accepting students from Timor-Leste to the National Defense Academy.

Four students from the country have been accepted for the first time since April 2010. During the Meeting, President Ramos-Horta expressed his notion to strengthen maritime defense capabilities and said that, " We have been requesting the United States, Australia and Indonesia to cooperate in enhancing maritime defense capabilities. We would also like Japan to support us, if possible. " Regarding the armed forces, he said, " We would like to build it in a manner like the SDF, not for combat or aggression. We want to develop units and human resources so that they can contribute to world peace through humanitarian assistance, PKOs and so on." In response, Defense Minister Kitazawa strongly agreed to the idea of building the armed forces with the same spirit as the SDF and pledged the cooperation.