UK and Japan develop defence relationship

Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron has renewed the UK’s com­mit­ment to sign­ing a Defence Coop­er­a­tion Mem­o­ran­dum with Japan in the near future.

UK Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron meets with Japan­ese Prime Min­is­ter Yoshi­hiko Noda on 10 April 2012 [Pic­ture: Crown Copy­right 2012]
Source: Min­istry of Defence, UK
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Mr Cameron met with Japan­ese Prime Min­is­ter Yoshi­hiko Noda in Tokyo this week, where the two prime min­is­ters agreed that their respec­tive Defence Min­is­ters would sign the mem­o­ran­dum next time they met.

In par­al­lel with the two lead­ers’ meet­ing, offi­cials have been dis­cussing a range of defence pro­grammes that present indus­tri­al oppor­tu­ni­ties for both the UK and Japan.

The oppor­tu­ni­ty to increase defence coop­er­a­tion between UK and Japan­ese defence indus­tries has been made pos­si­ble by changes, announced in Decem­ber 2011, to the Japan­ese guide­lines on the over­seas trans­fer of defence equip­ment.

Defence Sec­re­tary Philip Ham­mond said:

“I am pleased with the progress made in our defence rela­tion­ship in recent months and we are keen for the UK to become Japan’s part­ner of choice, along­side the US, for defence indus­tri­al col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“I am look­ing for­ward to meet­ing my Japan­ese coun­ter­part so that we can take for­ward the dis­cus­sions we began dur­ing my vis­it to Japan last Octo­ber and cement our Defence rela­tion­ship in the Defence Coop­er­a­tion Mem­o­ran­dum we have agreed to sign.

“Increased defence indus­tri­al coop­er­a­tion will pro­vide ben­e­fits for both coun­tries in terms of jobs and invest­ment as well as reduc­ing the cost of defence equip­ment upon which we both rely.”

Press release
Min­istry of Defence, UK