Exchange of Notes concerning the Transfer of Arms and Military Technologies to the United States of America

June 23, 2006

  1. The Exchange of Notes concerning the Transfer of Arms and Military Technologies to 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 National Security Council and the cabinet meeting on December 24 last year decided to conduct the Japan-US joint development of Advanced Standard Missile 3 for the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), and it will be necessary for Japan to provide arms to the United States to implement such joint development.
  3. Japan will continue to firmly maintain its policy of dealing with arms exports control carefully, in light of Japan's basic philosophy as a peace-loving nation on which the Three Principles on Arms Exports are based. On the BMD system, Japan issued a statement by the Chief Cabinet Secretary on December 10, 2004, saying that "If Japan decides that it will engage in joint development and production of ballistic missile defense systems with the United States, however, the Three Principles will not be applied, under the condition that strict control is maintained".
  4. The agreement newly sets up a framework stipulating procedures and conditions concerning arms transfer to ensure that "strict control is maintained", when arms are transferred to the United States. This agreement supercedes the Exchange of Notes concerning the transfer of Military Technologies to the United States of America concluded in 1983.
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