Visit to Japan by Senator the Hon Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia

May 9, 2012

  1. From Wednesday, May 16, to Friday, May 18, Senator the Hon Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of Australia, will visit Japan.

  2. On Thursday, May 17, a signing ceremony for the Japan-Australia Information Security Agreement (ISA) is expected to take place, along with a Japan-Australia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting followed by a working dinner. This will be Minister Carr’s first visit to Japan since assuming the office of Foreign Minister.

  3. The ISA will be Japan’s fourth information security agreement following similar agreements 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 security cooperation as well. Furthermore, it is expected that the agreement will promote trilateral security cooperation between Japan, Australia and their common ally, the United States.

  4. At the meeting, the foreign ministers are scheduled to discuss the strengthening of Japan-Australia relations including security cooperation, and exchange views on regional and international situations.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)