Japan-Australia Relations

January 6, 2022

On January 6, the Agreement between Japan and Australia concerning the facilitation of reciprocal access and cooperation between the Self-Defense Forces of Japan and the Australian Defence Force (“Japan-Australia Reciprocal Access Agreement”, or “Japan-Australia RAA”) was signed by Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, and the Hon. Scott Morrison, MP, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia.

  1. The Japan-Australia RAA is an agreement which establishes in particular procedures between Japan and Australia for the cooperative activities conducted by defence force of one country while visiting the other country, and defines a status of the visiting force.
  2. With its entry into force, the Japan-Australia RAA will facilitate implementation of cooperative activities between the defence forces of the two countries and further promote bilateral security and defense cooperation. The agreement will also pave the way for an enhanced contribution by Japan and Australia to the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region.

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