September 25, 2013. by David Pugliese - Defence Watch
This appeared in the Global Times and is a compilation from news agencies. It notes that Prime Minister Stephen Harper says that Canada and Japan have agreed in principle on a treaty that will provide a framework for logistics support between the Canadian Forces and Japan’s Self-Defense Force anywhere in the world.
More from the report:
Harper made the remarks at a joint news conference following a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who was on his first official visit to Canada.
The treaty, which will be known as the Canada-Japan Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement, will act as a guide for future defense cooperation between the two countries.
It will allow the Canadian Armed Forces and Japan’s Self- Defense Force to exchange basic goods and services such as fuel, water and facilities wherever both forces are cooperating, including during common training exercises, peacekeeping missions, and humanitarian assistance operations.
Harper described the treaty, which will be reviewed for ratification by both parliaments, as “an important step towards strengthening bilateral defense relations.”
“Canada and Japan enjoy excellent bilateral relations, underpinned by strong cooperation in the areas of commerce and security,” he added.
An official release said that while the treaty would serve to shape and add momentum to bilateral defense relations, “it does not involve the stationing of troops in either country.”