TOKYO: Japan has been stepping up coordination with Germany with the aim of starting negotiations for a legal framework for facilitating joint activities between defense forces of both countries.
To realize this framework – the Japan-Germany Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (Japan-Germany ACSA) – the two governments are going to engage in formal negotiations to conclude the agreement.
A statement from Japan’s Foreign Ministry noted that the two countries share “fundamental values of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, share the will to work toward the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific and have been promoting cooperation in the fields of security and defense.”
Japan sees the agreement with Germany serving as a basis for strengthening such cooperation and contributing to its security.
Japan says it will also help both countries make a more active contribution to peace and security of the international community.