Exchange of Notes concerning the Cooperation on Ballistic Missile Defense between the Government of Japan and the Government of the United States of America

June 23, 2006

  1. The Exchange of Notes concerning the cooperation on ballistic missile defense between the Government of Japan and the Government of the United States of America was concluded on June 23 (Fri) in Tokyo between Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Mr. John Thomas Schieffer, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America.
  2. The scope of the cooperative activities of this agreement could include joint development and production which were not included in the scope of the Exchange of Notes concerning the cooperation on ballistic missile defense of December 14, 2004. Under this agreement, Japan will carry out a Japan-U.S. joint development in the Advanced Standard Missile 3 for Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD). The National Security Council and a cabinet meetings decided to engage in the joint development on December 24, 2005.
  3. In order to implement the abovementioned joint development, Japan needs to provide articles to the U.S. which fall under "arms" in the Three Principles on Arms Exports. However, the statement of the Chief Cabinet Secretary was issued on December 2004, saying that "if Japan decides that it will engage in joint development and production of ballistic missile defense systems with the United States, the Three Principles will not be applied, under the condition that strict control is maintained."
  4. This agreement supercedes the Exchange of Notes concerning the cooperation on ballistic missile defense, which was concluded on December 14, 2004.
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