Japan is laying the groundwork for defence and security sales across Southeast Asia through efforts to secure inter-government defence equipment and technology agreements with regional countries, a senior official from the Japanese Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA) told Jane’s on 8 November.
Speaking at the Defence & Security 2017 show in Bangkok, Hideharu Yoshio, the deputy director of ATLA’s equipment policy department, said Japan has already signed such an agreement with the Philippines and that ATLA is currently “in discussion” with other regional countries – including Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand – about entering similar accords. These are expected to be secured soon, he said.
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