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Sunday 3rd June 2012 | 12:08
MoD press release
The first ever Defence Cooperation Memorandum between the UK and Japan was exchanged today, the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has announced.
During an official visit to Singapore to attend the Shrangri-La dialogue, signed copies of the memorandum were exchanged between the UK and Japan.
The historic agreement strengthens existing areas of defence cooperation between the UK and Japan, such as our work on peacekeeping operations and in science and technology.
The memorandum also identifies new areas where we can work more closely, including Defence equipment collaboration which could help drive down costs and create jobs for both countries.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:
"The signing of this memorandum is a great step forward for our two countries. Japan is a key ally for the UK in the Asia Pacific region and our increased Defence cooperation will in time provide real benefits for us both.
"We are keen for the UK to become Japan's partner of choice, alongside the US, for Defence industrial collaboration and I look forward to building on the great progress that we have made in our relationship over the recent years."