The Signing of the Japan-Australia Acquisition and Cross-servicing Agreement (ACSA)
May 19, 2010
- On May 19 (Wed), the “Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of Australia concerning reciprocal provision of supplies and services between the Self-Defense Forces of Japan (JSDF) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) (Japan-Australia Acquisition and Cross-servicing Agreement [ACSA]) was signed in Tokyo by Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and The Hon. John Faulkner, Minister for Defence of Australia.
- Given the increasing opportunities for the JSDF and the ADF to cooperate in such fields as the UN Peace Keeping Operations and overseas disaster-relief operations, this Agreement sets forth a framework for the reciprocal provision of supplies and services for such activities as: exercises and training, UN Peace Keeping Operations, humanitarian relief operations, operations to cope with large scale disasters, transportation of nationals and others in overseas exigencies, or other routine activities.
- It is expected that the conclusion of ACSA will promote cooperation between the JSDF and ADF with respect to the above-mentioned activities. The ACSA is also expected to actively contribute to international cooperation including efforts led by the United Nations toward international peace.
- The Japan-Australia ACSA was signed after a total of two rounds of negotiations which started in March 2010 and reached an agreement substantially in April 2010. This is the second ACSA for Japan after the Japan-United States ACSA (entered into force in October 1996; revised in September 1999 and July 2004).
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