PM strengthens defence relations with Japan

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, today announced that they have reached an agreement in principle on a treaty that will provide a framework for logistics support between the Canadian Armed Forces and Japan’s Self-Defence Force.

“Canada and Japan enjoy excellent bilateral relations, underpinned by strong cooperation in the areas of commerce and security,” said the Prime Minister.  “Our countries took an important step today towards strengthening bilateral defence relations. We reached an agreement in principle on a mutual logistics treaty that will facilitate the sharing of basic goods and services between Canadian and Japanese Forces, wherever they are working together in the world.” 

The treaty – which will be known as the Canada-Japan Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement – will facilitate future defence cooperation between the two countries. It will allow the Canadian Armed Forces and Japan’s Self-Defence Force to exchange basic goods and services such as fuel, water and facilities wherever both forces are cooperating, including during common training exercises, peacekeeping missions, and humanitarian assistance operations.

Following today’s agreement in principle, each country will initiate a formal review of the treaty text with a view to ratification in accordance with domestic processes.  For Canada, this means that the treaty text will be tabled in Parliament.

Canada considers Japan to be a valued regional and global security partner. Our two countries share a set of common principles and values, including promoting and upholding democracy, human rights and the rule of law, access to open markets, arms control and disarmament.

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