JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.54
MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Japan–Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting
5th Japan–Australia “2+2” Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations

Japan–Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting / 5th Japan–Australia “2+2” Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations

Japan–Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan–Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting

Defense Minister Onodera met with Australian Defence Minister, Senator David Johnston for the Japan–Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting in Tokyo on June 11th. At the opening, Minister Onodera welcomed Minister Johnston’s visit to Japan. Minister Johnston stated that Japan is a reliable friendly country to Australia as well as to the region and that Australia would like to maintain the good relationship with Japan. Minister Onodera explained about the incident where Chinese fighter aircraft flew dangerously close to SDF aircraft on the same day of the meeting (June 11th).

5th Japan–Australia “2+2” Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations
Japan–Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting

The Ministers exchanged their views on issues such as the areas of cooperation between the defense organizations for the Japan–Australia Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations (“2+2”) based on the outcome of Japan–Australia summit meeting held in April this year. The Ministers agreed to enhance Japan–Australia and the trilateral cooperation with the U.S. such as expanding bilateral and trilateral joint exercises. The Ministers confirmed the progress of cooperation in the area of defense equipment and technology, and welcomed that contents of joint research are steadily being specified for the commencement of research in the next fiscal year.

5th Japan–Australia “2+2” Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations

5th Japan–Australia “2+2” Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations
5th Japan–Australia “2+2” Foreign and Defence
Ministerial Consultations

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Fumio Kishida, the Minister of Defense of Japan, Mr. Itsunori Onodera, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Julie Bishop and the Australian Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston, met in Tokyo on June 11th for the 5th Japan–Australia “2+2” Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations.

The Ministers recalled the intent of their leaders, announced at their April 7th summit meeting, to elevate the strategic partnership between Australia and Japan to a new special relationship based on common values and interests including democracy, human rights, the rule of law, open markets and free trade. Australia welcomed Japan’s recent efforts on its security policy from the perspective of “Proactive Contribution to Peace” based on the principle of international cooperation. Australia also supported Japan’s consideration of the issues of exercising its right to collective self-defense, participating more actively in UN PKO missions, and introducing the new principles for the transfer of defense equipment and technology.

The Ministers confirmed the substantial conclusion of negotiations on an agreement for cooperation in the field of defense equipment and technology. The Ministers also discussed preparations for joint research on marine hydrodynamics as an initial area of science and technology cooperation.

General Iwasaki’s Visit to Myanmar

General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, paid an official visit to Myanmar from May 26th to 29th, upon the invitation of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Defence Services. In the meeting between General Iwasaki and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, they discussed issues such as the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region and defense cooperation/exchanges between Japan and Myanmar. In particular, they agreed on the importance of resolving regional issues through dialogue.

They also confirmed the importance of exchanges at each level of the SDF and Myanmar Defence Services in light of the long history between Myanmar and Japan as “new old friends.”

General Shigeru Iwasaki and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing
General Shigeru Iwasaki and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing
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