Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Mikk Marran, on a visit to Japan, met with Japan’s Vice Minister of Defence Hironori Kanazawa and other senior officials from the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs in Tokyo.
This is the first high-level visit by the Estonian Ministry of Defence to its counterparts in Japan.
At the meetings, collaboration on cyber defence and issues related to the future of Afghanistan were discussed, and more frequent consultations on defence were agreed.
It was also decided at the meeting that collaboration on cyber defence should be deepened, and Estonia invited Japan to contribute to the work of NATO’s Cyber Defence Centre in Tallinn and to take part in cyber defence exercises.
According to Permanent Secretary Marran, Japan is one of NATO’s eight global partners with a significant role in both their own region and the world at large. “The structure of the Estonian and Japanese agencies involved in cyber defence is very similar; however, contacts between Estonian and Japanese cyber specialists to date have been few. We also discussed the political and legal aspects of cyber defence at various international organisations,” Marran said.
In addition, issues related to the future of Afghanistan were addressed, with a discussion of the conference to be held in Tokyo this summer for the purpose of identifying resources to fund major development projects in Afghanistan.
The visit also included meetings with Tetsuro Fukuyama, Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and Defence in the upper house of the National Diet of Japan, and Taro Kono, former Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Affairs in the lower house of the Diet.
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