Signing of the Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of Australia concerning the Transfer of Defence Equipment and Technology
July 8, 2014
(Photos: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
On July 8 (local time) at the Australian Federal Parliament，Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Tony Abbott signed the Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of Australia concerning the Transfer of Defence Equipment and Technology (PDF).
1. This Agreement establishes the legal framework for the Governments of Japan and Australia to participate in the joint research, development, and production of defence equipment and technology, and for the handling of defence equipment and technology to be transferred between Japan and Australia in order to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the areas of security and defence. Specifically, in addition to stipulating the procedures that determine the relevant transfers, this Agreement establishes a Joint Committee as the means for determining the defence equipment and technology to be transferred for the projects in this Agreement. It also stipulates the regulations for the use of the transferred defence equipment and technology.
2. The conclusion of this Agreement ensures appropriate control regarding the transfers to thirdparties and for extra-purpose use against the joint development and production of defence equipment and technology which the Governments of Japan and Australia participate in, or the transfers of defence equipment and technology between Japan and Australia to enhance their cooperation in the areas of security and defense. It is expected that this Agreement will contribute to closer cooperation between Japan and Australia for defence equipment and technology, and maintaining and improving the production and technological bases for Japan’s defence industry, thereby ensuring the security of Japan.