JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.93


Japan-India Defense Ministerial Meeting

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

Minister of Defense Onodera and the Defence Minister of India Shri Arun Jaitley held the annual Defense Ministerial Meeting on September 5th in Tokyo.

The Ministers exchanged views and ideas with the aim to further strengthen defense and security cooperation under the framework of the “Japan-India Special Strategic and Global Partnership”.

First, the Ministers exchanged views on the current security situation in the Indo-Pacific region. They condemned in the strongest terms North Korea’s nuclear test of 3rd September 2017, which is in violation of its international obligations and commitments, including under relevant UN Security Council resolutions and called upon North Korea to cease such action which adversely impacts peace and stability of the region and beyond.

Then, the Ministers underlined their intention to explore opportunities for enhancing exchanges and decided to promote cooperation in the following areas:

1. Dialogue and visits at ministerial, Chief of Staff, and administrative Vice-Minister levels
2. Exchanges between Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and Indian Army in the fields of PKO, Counter-Terrorism, and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR)
3. Exchanges between Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Indian Navy
4. Exchanges between Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and Indian Air Force through visits of air assets to each other’s air bases
5. Education and research exchanges in the field of UN peace keeping operations
6. Defense equipment and technology cooperation

Japan-India Defense Industry Forum

Japan-India Defense Industry Forum

On September 5th, the Japan-India Defense Industry Forum organized by the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency and Indian Department of Defence Production was held in Tokyo, welcoming national defense officials from both countries as well as representatives from Japanese and Indian companies. A total of 12 companies and two associations from Japan along with approximately 25 companies and federation from India took part in this forum.

This first-ever defense industry forum included lectures presented by both governments on various programs related to the defense industry in each country. It also featured presentations by each participating company on their overview, products and proposals to foster exchanges between the defense industries of both countries. Furthermore, a networking session was also organized for both Japanese and Indian companies for exploring opportunities for the bilateral defense cooperation.

The ministers of both sides attend the forum to express their expectation that this forum will lead both countries to future defense equipment and technology cooperation and enhance interaction between governments and industries of Japan and India.

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