JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.66

MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-Philippines Defense Ministerial Meeting

On June 3rd, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani held the Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting with his counterpart Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews lasting approx. 60 minutes in Tokyo. Both parties confirmed their defense policy and the progress of defense cooperation, while also exchanging views with regards to future bilateral defense cooperation.

Opening
Defense Minister Nakatani welcomed Defence Minister Andrews' visit to Japan and stated his intention to exchange views toward the strengthening of Japan-Australia defense cooperation. Defence Minister Andrews expressed his appreciation for Defense Minister Nakatani's warm welcome and also stated his intention to further develop Japan-Australia defense cooperation.

Japan-Australia Defense Policy
Defense Minister Nakatani explained the new Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation and Japan's legislation for peace and security, and Defence Minister Andrews stated his support for these matters. Defence Minister Andrews explained the Australian Department of Defence's reorganization and its preparations underway for the compilation of defense white paper.

Japan-Australia Defense Cooperation and Exchange
Both ministers agreed to further move forward with the proposals for strengthening bilateral defense cooperation approved in the joint statement from the Japan-Australia Summit Meeting held last July. They also agreed to work together closely in the future regarding submarine cooperation.

Regional Situation
Both ministers strongly opposed coercive action that would alter the status quo in the South China Sea and shared serious concern over China’s attempts of land reclamation. They also agreed to seek solutions in accordance with international laws.

Japan-Philippines Defense Ministerial Meeting
Japan-Philippines Defense Ministerial Meeting
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