UK-Japan: new defence partnership
On Tuesday April 10th, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding giving way to future defence partnership. This new agreement will represent Tokyo’s first step towards cooperation with international partners in defence. Japan has since 1967 maintained exclusive relations with the US in joint defence programmes.
Hoping to win a share of the Japanese defence market and to forge closer industrial relations, the British Prime Minister was accompanied by representatives of the defence industrt including MBDA, Rolls Royce, Thales, BAE Systems and AgustaWestland. A British Ministry of Defence spokesperson said, “The U.K. will continue to work with the Japanese MoD to identify the best opportunities for our defense industries to cooperate on equipment projects”.