JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.96

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3rd Japan-UK Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting and Japan-UK Defense Ministerial Meeting

3rd Japan-UK Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting and Japan-UK Defense Ministerial Meeting

On December 14th, Minister of Defense Onodera and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kono met with the Rt Hon Williamson, Secretary of State for Defence of the UK and the Rt Hon Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the UK as part of the 3rd Japan-UK Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting (“2+2”).

1 Overview

1.The Ministers reaffirmed that the Japan and the UK are each other's closest security partners in Europe and Asia respectively. They confirmed the direction of their bilateral cooperation that suits the elevation of their global security partnership to the next level, as confirmed during Prime Minister May's visit to Japan in August 2017.

2.The Ministers shared the view that they would closely cooperate for the maintenance and strengthening of an international order based on the rule of law while the existing international order faces challenges.

3.Japan introduced its efforts based on the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” and welcomed the UK’s strengthened engagement in this region. The Ministers shared the view to embody the bilateral cooperation for the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

2 Regional Situation

1.As for North Korea, which is the urgent and major threat for the international community, the Ministers confirmed that they would never recognize a nuclear-armed North Korea, and cooperate to maximize international community’s pressure on it.

2.The Ministers confirmed the importance of free and open maritime order based on the rule of law, and shared the view to oppose to any unilateral actions that could increase tensions and any attempts to change the status quo by force or coercion.

3.The Ministers exchanged their views on the situations of Russia and Ukraine, and that of the Middle East including the peace of the region.

3 Japan-UK Security and Defense Cooperation

3rd Japan-UK Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting and Japan-UK Defense Ministerial Meeting

1.The Ministers welcomed the creation of a joint Action Plan which states the release of a joint statement (non-disclosure) and specific bilateral efforts in medium- to long-term, as it shows the direction of future bilateral cooperation.

2.The Ministers shared the view to strengthen their cooperation on maritime security and capacity building in developing countries for the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

3.The Ministers welcomed the progress of defense cooperation through bilateral and multilateral joint exercises, including Japan-UK bilateral exercise on the occasion of UK Typhoon fighters’ visit to Japan in 2016.

4.The Ministers confirmed that they would further strengthen cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism and cyber security, including by holding the 3rd Japan-UK Bilateral Consultations on Counter-Terrorism in January 2018 and the 4th Japan-UK Bilateral Consultations on Cyberspace in February 2018. Also, the Ministers shared the view that they would closely cooperate toward Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games based on the success of UK’s counter-terrorism in London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic.

5.The Ministers exchanged views on the field of outer space and confirmed that they would further deepen discussion on the direction of Japan-UK cooperation in the field.

Minister Onodera also held a Japan-UK Defense Ministerial Meeting with the Secretary of State for Defence Williamson. The two Ministers discussed the defense policies of both countries and Japan-UK defense exchanges.

1 Introduction

Secretary Williamson welcomed Minister Onodera’s visit to the UK, and stated that Japan is an important partner for the UK and would like to progress defense cooperation. In response, Minister Onodera expressed appreciation toward the warm welcome and delivered his intention to discuss concrete defense cooperation between Japan and the UK.

2 Defense Policy

Both Ministers explained the defense policies of each country and welcomed the roles that the two countries play for the peace and stability of the region and the world. Also, Minister Onodera explained the regional situation including that of North Korea and welcomed the involvement of the UK in the western Pacific. Additionally, Minister Onodera stated that a free and open maritime order is an important pillar of the stability and prosperity of the international community and expressed his intention to progress free and open Indo-Pacific region in corporation with the UK. Secretary Williamson welcomed Minister Onodera’s statement.

3 Japan-UK Defense Cooperation

Both Ministers welcomed the recent steady progress of Japan-UK defense exchanges and cooperation, and agreed to further enhance bilateral defense cooperation. They welcomed the progress of defense cooperation in each group and confirmed that they would further embody and develop such cooperation, and continue to cooperate toward the deployment of HMS Sutherland and HMS Argyll to the Asia-Pacific region and the realization of Japan-UK bilateral ground exercise which would take place for the first time in Japan.

Also, both ministers exchanged their views on defense equipment and technology. They welcomed cooperative research project on the feasibility study on a Joint New Air-to-Air Missile (JNAAM) Joint Preliminary Study and the first bilateral cooperative research project of Chemical and Biological Protection Technology, and agreed to continue equipment and technological cooperation.

3rd Japan-UK Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting and Japan-UK Defense Ministerial Meeting
3rd Japan-UK Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting and Japan-UK Defense Ministerial Meeting
3rd Japan-UK Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting and Japan-UK Defense Ministerial Meeting
3rd Japan-UK Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting and Japan-UK Defense Ministerial Meeting
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