Japan's Security Policy


April 6, 2016

Multilayered Security Cooperation

In order to achieve regional stability and peace, Japan is seeking to strengthen its bilateral and multilateral security cooperations in addition to the Japan-U.S. Alliance, and build multilayered security cooperation relations.

Building multilayered security cooperation relations bilaterally and multilaterally

Japan, the United States and the ROK

  • Cooperate broadly on regional and global challenges, and contribute to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and the world
  • In particular cooperation among Japan, the United States and the ROK is essential in efforts to resolve the issues related to North Korea
  • Hold summit meetings and foreign minister's meetings
Japan-U.S.-ROK Trilateral Summit Meeting (March 25, 2014 in The Hague)

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The three leaders shared their common recognition that it is becoming increasingly important for the three countries to further deepen their cooperation on a wide-range of areas, given the changing strategic environment of the Asia and Pacific region. Furthermore, the three leaders shared their recognition that the Japan-U.S. Alliance and the U.S.-ROK alliance greatly contribute to peace and stability of the East Asia region.

Japan, the United States and Australia

  • Share basic values and strategic interests
  • Discuss from a strategic perspective, and deepen cooperation
  • Hold summit meetings and Japan-U.S.-Australia Trilateral Strategic Dialogues (TSDs)
Japan-United States-Australia Trilateral Leaders Meeting (November 16, 2014 in Brisbane)

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The leaders expressed their commitment to deepening the trilateral partnership to ensure a peaceful, stable, and prosperous future for the Asia-Pacific region, based on shared values, including democracy, the rule of law, and peaceful resolution of disputes.

Japan, the United States and India

  • Hold director-general level talks among Japan, the United States and India
  • Frankly exchange views on regional affairs and global-scale challenges
  • Build a trilateral strategic partnership
Sixth meeting of the Japan-U.S.-India Trilateral Dialogue (December 20, 2014 in New Delhi)

In addition to maritime security and regional affairs, the three sides exchanged views on matters of common concerns including regional connectivity between Southeast Asia and South Asia, and discussed potential concrete cooperation by the three countries.

Multilateral frameworks

EAS (East Asia Summit)

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The EAS is held with the aim of bringing about a leader-initiated forum on the region’s political and security issues and common challenges, and advancing concrete cooperation. Energy, finance, education, disaster reduction, measures to deal with avian influenza, infectious diseases, and ASEAN connectivity are regarded as priority cooperation areas.

ARF (ASEAN Regional Forum)

21st ARF Ministerial Meeting (August 2014)

A forum of region-wide dialogue for the Asia-Pacific region for discussing political and security issues. In recent years, participating countries have also discussed some specific areas such as maritime security, disaster relief, disarmament and non-proliferation, and counter terrorism and transnational crime.

ADMM-Plus (ASEAN Defense Ministerial Meeting-Plus)

A framework for discussing defense and security issues in which the defense ministers of each country participate. Six experts’ working groups are launched in the following fields: humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, maritime security, military medicine, counter terrorism, peacekeeping operations and mine disposal.


The meeting consists of seven major developed countries that share basic values, and its topics are security issues related to important international affairs and others. Recent topics include the Ukraine-Russia situation, counterterrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, and maritime security.