JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.82

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Deepening of Japan-U.K. Defense Cooperation

Deepening of Japan-U.K. Defense Cooperation

GUARDIAN NORTH 16, the joint exercise between the JASDF and Royal Air Force (RAF), was held from Monday, October 17th to Sunday, November 6th. This training involved the RAF’s mainstay Typhoon fighter aircraft visiting Misawa Air Base to take part in air-defense training, air-to-air training, and tactical training together with F-15s and F-2s from the ASDF. This exercise was conducted based on the agreement reached at the Japan-UK Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting (2+2) held in January 2016.

On November 2nd, Minister of Defense Inada visited Misawa Air Base, welcomed RAF, and encouraged the ASDF personnel.

The U.K., as the most advanced European country in the point of defense cooperation with Japan, shares the fundamental values of respect for basic human rights and establishing an international order based on rules with Japan and considers Japan to be its “closest security partner in Asia.” In this manner, Japan and U.K. defense authorities have promoted a cooperative relationship in a broad range of fields, including joint training, defense equipment and technology cooperation, capacity building assistance, etc. This type of Japan-U.K. defense cooperation continues to grow deeper and just in October 2016 alone the GSDF and British Army took part in tabletop exercise on disaster relief, and the Japan-U.S.-U.K. Heads of Navy Meeting was held for the first time. It is the very first time for the JASDF to host an exercise with a foreign nation other than the U.S. This exercise pushes the long-standing Japan-U.K. defense cooperation to the next level.

The Government of Japan remains committed to enhancing defense cooperation with the U.K.

Deepening of Japan-U.K. Defense Cooperation
Deepening of Japan-U.K. Defense Cooperation
Deepening of Japan-U.K. Defense Cooperation
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