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Minister for Defence - Minister for Defence to visit Japan

24 September 2012

I leave Australia this morning to visit Japan for talks with my counterpart, Defence Minister Satoshi

Morimoto.

This will be my first visit to Japan as Minister for Defence and my seventh visit as an Australian

Government Minister.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the modern bilateral defence relationship.

Australia and Japan’s bilateral defence and security partnership has grown in strength in recent

years.

The 14 September 2+2 Meeting in Sydney reflects the strength of the bilateral ties and the

significant progress in recent years in developing our defence and security relationship.

Australia and Japan are natural strategic partners with shared values, strategic interests, and

respective alliances with the United States.

Australia and Japan share a common strategic objective of ensuring long-term peace, stability and

prosperity in the changing strategic and security environment in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

I look forward to meeting with Minister Morimoto to discuss our common strategic interests in the

region. While in Tokyo, I will also meet with other senior Ministers and Parliamentarians.

Both countries are committed to strengthening defence and security cooperation; and working

closely together to promote regional stability, peace and prosperity.

Australia and Japan have commenced enhanced peacekeeping cooperation between Australian

Defence Force and Japanese Self-Defense Force personnel deployed to the United Nations Mission

in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS).

In May 2010 Australia and Japan took a significant step toward further improving bilateral security

cooperation by signing an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) to enable logistics

support between Australian and Japanese forces cooperating in international operations, such as

peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

In March 2011, Australia’s support to Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami was an

important reaffirmation of the comprehensive Australia-Japan strategic, security and economic

partnership and also the growing strength and capability of our trilateral cooperation with the

United States.

In May 2012, Australia and Japan signed an Agreement on the Security of Information to provide a

framework to shared classified information. This will be crucial for the further expansion of defence

and security cooperation.

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