Action Plan
to advance Security Cooperation based on the Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation between Japan and India

29 December, 2009

1. Strengthening Cooperation on Issues of Common Strategic Interest

  • Consolidate the Global and Strategic Partnership
  • Enhance information exchange and policy coordination on security issues in the Asia Pacific region and on long term strategic and global issues on the basis of the Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation
  • Promote open, transparent and inclusive regional cooperation in Asia, in both economic and security fields
  • Pursue bilateral cooperation in existing multilateral frameworks in Asia, in particular the East Asia Summit, ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) processes

2. Strategic Cooperation Mechanisms

  • Annual strategic dialogue at Foreign Minister-level
  • Regular consultations between National Security Advisor of India and Japanese Counterpart
  • Annual Subcabinet / Senior Officials 2+2 dialogue (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense of Japan / Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Defense of India)
  • Foreign Secretary / Vice Minister level Dialogue (Basically twice a year)
  • Foreign Office Consultation (Basically once a year)
  • Annual Comprehensive Security Dialogue at the level of Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Ministry of Defense (MOD) of India/Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Ministry of Defense (MOD) of Japan
  • Maritime Security Dialogue
  • Annual Track 1.5 Strategic Dialogue
  • Consultation on regional issues between Foreign office and Embassy at capital basis

3. Defense Cooperation

  • Regular meetings between the Ministers of Defense
  • Annual Defense Policy Dialogue at the level of Defence Secretary / Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense
  • Annual Military-to-Military Talks between Joint Secretary, MOD of India, and Deputy Director General, MOD of Japan
  • Regular reciprocal visits between Service Chiefs of both sides
  • Regular Ground-to-Ground Staff Talks
  • Navy-to-Navy Staff Talks (Basically once a year)
  • Developing of Annual Calendar of Defense Cooperation and exchanges

(1) Exercises

  • Annual bilateral naval exercises, alternately off India and Japan, to enhance cooperation and core ability for maritime operation and disaster relief
  • Multilateral Naval Exercises, when possible
  • Passing Exercise (PASSEX) during ship visits
  • Participation as observers in major army and air force exercise

(2) Non traditional security threats

  • Exercise, exchanges and training on issues such as anti-piracy and transnational crimes
  • Cooperation in anti-piracy operations between the Indian Navy and the Japanese Self Defense Force

(3) Exchanges / Seminars

  • Student / researchers exchange for respective defense institutions (including National Defence College, Defence Services Staff College and Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis of India; and National Institute for Defense Studies, Japan Ground Self Defense Force Staff College and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Staff College)
  • Participation in major defense seminars/fora/training courses/shows
  • Exchange of cadets/young officers through ship rider programs and training seminars/interactions

4. Coast Guard Cooperation

  • The two Coast Guards will continue to promote cooperation to ensure maritime safety, maritime security and to protect marine environment through joint exercise and meeting between the two Coast Guards according to the Memorandum on Cooperation between the Japan Coast Guard and the Indian Coast Guard. The two Coast Guards will implement concrete measures based on the bilateral coordination and arrangements on subjects such as the content and timing of such cooperation.

5. Safety of Transport

  • Shipping Policy Forum to be conducted between Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan and Ministry of Shipping of India, with participation from the private sector
  • Consultation between Railway authorities of MLIT of Japan and Ministry of Railways of India

6. Information exchange and cooperation in the fight against terrorism and other transnational crimes

  • Mechanism for intelligence exchange and technical cooperation on counter terrorism such as Joint Working Group on Counter terrorism led by MEA of India and MOFA of Japan, with participation from concerned Government Agencies
  • Establishment of information exchange framework between the two Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) on money laundering and terrorist financing
  • Workshops / training

7. Cooperation at the United Nations

  • Regular dialogue and cooperation on UN reform including early realization of permanent membership of the UN Security Council of Japan and India, at the level of Deputy Vice-Minister, MOFA / Additional Secretary, MEA.
  • Mutual dispatch of lecturers / participants to UN peacekeeping operation-related seminars to be hosted by each side and exchange of experiences / information related to staff training
  • Regular Dialogue and cooperation on UN peacekeeping operations, including exchanges between Japanese Central Readiness Force / International Peace Cooperation Activities Training Unit and Centre for UN Peacekeeping (CUNPK) / Units experienced in peacekeeping operations from India, training of Japanese officers at the CUNPK, and sharing experience in and information on UN peacekeeping operations and peace building.

8. Disaster Management

  • Cooperation to develop Tsunami Disaster Map of India between MLIT of Japan and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) of India
  • Cooperation to expand the capability of Asian countries to advance their ability to provide a rapid, coordinated and effective Disaster response through an active participation in the next ARF Field Exercise to be held in Indonesia in 2011.
  • Capacity building through the Workshop on Water-related Disaster management conducted by the International Center for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) of Japan
  • Sharing experience in landslide disaster prevention between National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (NILIM), Public Works Research Institute (PWRI) of Japan and National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) of India
  • Capacity Building for disaster management and sharing Japanese experience on disaster relief through training programmes conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Dialogue between National Disaster Management Authorities (NDMA) of India and Cabinet Office of Japan through Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) for sharing information on disaster prevention and preparedness.
  • Participation as observers in Japan's nationwide disaster management drill.
  • Sharing of disaster-related information between Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) through the "Sentinel Asia" process.

9. Cooperation on disarmament and non-proliferation

  • Annual Dialogue on disarmament and non-proliferation at the level of Joint Secretary, MEA / Director General of MOFA

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