As part of the intelligence sharing agreement between Japan and the United Kingdom, both governments signed a deal for a joint intelligence research program, which includes exchange of classified information as well as development and production of military defense equipment. British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Keiichi Hayashi, Ambassador of Japan to the UK, signed the Defense Equipment Cooperation Framework and an Information Security Agreement on the fourth of July in London.
The joint collaboration began when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and British Prime Minister David Cameron, during the sidelines of the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland, came to an agreement of having an intelligence security partnership. Although members of opposing ideology during the Second World War, Japan, once a member of the Axis Powers opposing the Allied Forces, is showing reconciliation with the UK, member of the anti-German coalition. “Japan is a key ally of the UK and we work closely together on many issues of global foreign and security policy,” Hague said.
The defense framework and agreement on information security is aimed at “promoting global peace and stability.” The British Foreign Secretary also considers the collaboration of Japan and the UK as groundbreaking. “It will facilitate closer relationships between British and Japanese defense industries, support their endeavors to work collaboratively, and contribute to the already close security and defense co-operation between the UK and Japan,” Hague added.
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