Signing of the Japan-Australia Information Security Agreement (ISA)
May 17, 2012
- On Thursday, May 17, Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Senator the Hon Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of Australia, on his visit to Japan, signed the Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of Australia on the Security of Information in Tokyo.
- This agreement establishes the procedures that are necessary to appropriately protect the information, which Japan and Australia reciprocally provide and which is required to be safeguarded for national security, subject to the national laws and regulations in force. This agreement is the fourth agreement on information security for Japan, following the ones with the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and France.
- The conclusion of this agreement will lay the foundation for information sharing and information cooperation between Japan and Australia, and is expected to further strengthen Japan-Australia security cooperation and also the trilateral security cooperation between Japan, Australia, and their common ally the United States.
(References) Countries and an organization that the Japanese Government has concluded agreements on information security:
- The United States (August 2007)
- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) (June 2010)
- France (October 2011)
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)