2017年01月28日

My latest piece in Jane's Defence Weekly: UK and Japan sign Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement

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UK and Japan sign Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
27 January 2017

The UK and Japan signed on 26 January an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) to facilitate closer bilateral defence logistics support and co-operation during activities such as combined exercises, training, peacekeeping operations, and humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions, according to statements issued by the UK and Japanese governments.

"The agreement includes practical arrangements that will allow both countries' [armed] forces to share equipment, facilities, and services in a simpler and more efficient way. It covers the exchange of supplies and services, removing the need for individual agreements on a case by case basis," said the UK foreign ministry in a press release.

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2014年09月04日

Abe appoints new defence minister

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Abe appoints new defence minister

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

02 September 2014

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed Akinori Eto as defence minister, replacing Itsunori Onodera, on 3 September.

Abe also made Eto the minister responsible for national security legislation, a newly created position to achieve the premier's goal of legislating Japan's biggest post-war security policy change.

Eto, 58, served as parliamentary vice-minister in the Cabinet Office under Junichiro Koizumi between 2004 and 2005, and as senior vice-defence minister in Abe's first-term cabinet in 2007 and in Yasuo Fukuda's cabinet from 2007 to 2008. He also assumed this post in Abe's second-term cabinet from 2012 to 2013.

Most recently, he has served as chairman of the lower house's Committee on National Security from 2013 to the present.

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