JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.73


Japan-Indonesia Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-Indonesia Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting
Japan-Indonesia Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting

On December 17th, 2015, the Minister of Defense, Mr. Gen Nakatani, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fumio Kishida, held the first Japan-Indonesia Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting in Tokyo with Minister of Defense of Indonesia, Mr. Ryamizard Ryacudu, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Ms. Retno Marsudi, during their visit to Japan.

The Ministers welcomed the closer engagement between the two countries, which is enabled through the strategic partnership between Japan and Indonesia based on commonly shared fundamental values.

The Indonesian side welcomed Japan's policy of "Proactive Contribution to Peace" including "Legislation for Peace and Security." The Indonesian side commended Japan's intention to participate more actively in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO) as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The Japanese side welcomed Indonesia's commitment to increase its respective contribution to the UNPKO.

They shared the view that two defense authorities will further promote defense cooperation and exchanges in and at various areas and levels. The Ministers decided to initiate negotiations for an agreement on the transfer of defense equipment and technology.

The Ministers decided to convene 2+2 Meeting on a regular basis and to hold Politico-Military (PM) and Military-Military (MM) Dialogue in 2016.

The Ministers affirmed that the two countries shared common interest in maintaining and promoting peace, stability, and prosperity regionally and globally as fellow maritime countries. They shared the determination to further cooperate in various areas of common interest, including through capacity building assistance for maritime security and safety.

The Japanese side expressed its intention to participate in the multilateral naval exercise “KOMODO” in 2016 with a view to jointly enhancing maritime capacity of the region.

The Ministers unreservedly condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and many other parts of the world. They shared the view to strengthen collaboration between the two countries in the area of counter-terrorism and transnational crimes.

The Ministers acknowledged that enhancing maritime security is a critical element in maintain peace and stability and the rule of law in the region. They underscored the importance of freedoms of navigation on and over-flight over the high seas, unimpeded lawful commerce, as well as resolving maritime disputes by peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The Ministers recognized that the issue of South China Sea is directly related to the peace and stability of the region. They also underscored the commitment of ASEAN Member States and China to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in its entirely and the expeditious establishment of an effective Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. Sharing the concern over recent development in the South China Sea, they urged all parties to contribute to building, maintaining and enhancing mutual trust and confidence, exercising self-restraint in the conduct of activities, not resorting to threat or use of force, and to resolve their differences and disputes through peaceful means, in accordance with international law including UNCLOS.

The Ministers shared the view that peace, security and stability on the Korean Peninsula are of great importance, and called for the denuclearization of the Peninsula through peaceful dialogue. They called on all parties concerned to fully comply with relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and to fulfill their commitments under the 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks. They emphasized the importance of addressing issues of humanitarian concern, including the abduction issue.

The Ministers reaffirmed that they will further increase cooperation on humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and maritime search and rescue, among others, in the region. The Indonesian side welcomed and expressed support to Japan’s proposal to hold the 2nd Japan-ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Informal Meeting in 2016.

Second Japan-UK Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting

Second Japan-UK Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting
Second Japan-UK Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting

The Minister of Defense, Mr. Gen Nakatani, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fumio Kishida, met the Secretary of State for Defence of the UK, the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the UK, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, in Tokyo on January 8th 2016 for the Second Japan-UK Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting.

The Ministers recognized our shared values such as the rule of law and confirmed the cooperation on global security challenges. Recognizing Japan as its closest security partner in Asia, the United Kingdom welcomed Japan’s Legislation for Peace and Security, and supported Japan playing a more proactive role through its policy of “Proactive Contribution to Peace.” Japan welcomed the UK’s 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, appreciated the UK’s intention and actions as a global power tackling international security challenges, and would welcome a greater presence by the United Kingdom in the Asia-Pacific.

The Ministers noted that Japan and the United Kingdom would deepen their cooperation to uphold the international system and norms.

The Ministers expressed concerns about the situation in the East and South China Seas. They expressed their opposition to any coercive or unilateral actions, such as large scale land reclamation, that could change the status quo and raise tension. The Ministers reaffirmed the importance of peaceful settlement of disputes in the South China Sea in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. They called on all parties to refrain from activities that increase tension and supported the exercise of freedom of navigation and overflight. They also supported the full and effective implementation of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties and the early establishment of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. They noted decisions of the arbitration case brought by the Philippines are legally binding.

The Ministers expressed grave concern over North Korea’s continued development of nuclear and missiles programs. They urged North Korea to comply with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and others. The Ministers strongly condemned the nuclear test conducted by North Korea and confirmed urgent work on further significant measures in a new Security Council resolution. The Ministers also urged North Korea to end human rights violations immediately and to resolve the abductions issue as soon as possible.

The Ministers reaffirmed the cooperation in Southeast Asia, and noted joint projects, including a seminar on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief. They reaffirmed to explore further coordination to enhance the capability of Southeast Asian states, such as maritime security and cyberspace.

The Ministers welcomed international cooperation in counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden. They instructed their officials to explore joint cooperation projects in Africa, including peacekeeping and peacebuilding collaborating.

The United Kingdom welcomed increasing Japanese participation in NATO exchanges and joint exercises.

The Ministers strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris and others. They confirmed to cooperate to reduce the risk of terrorism and to tackle drivers of instability in the Middle East through the Japan-UK Counter-Terrorism Consultation and the like. They committed to identify ways to work together in areas such as Indonesia and Kenya and on aviation and border security.

The Ministers decided to strengthen information-sharing and cooperation in cybersecurity.

The Ministers welcomed progress made on the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), and urged negotiations to conclude at the earliest possible opportunity. The Ministers also directed their officials to discuss ways to improve administrative, policy and legal procedures to facilitate joint operations and exercises.

The Ministers reaffirmed the deepening cooperation on defense equipment and technology. They confirmed that they would start a new joint study on personnel vulnerability evaluation.

The Ministers welcomed the growing number of exchanges and joint training and exercises between the two countries including the visit by the Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft to ASDF Miho Air Base. They confirmed they would pursue the visit of RAF Typhoon aircraft to Japan in 2016. The Ministers decided to explore possible cooperation between Japan, the United Kingdom, and other regional partners, including through joint exercises.

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