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Japan, US look to smooth FMS procurement

07 December 2017

Defence officials from Japan and the United States have met in Tokyo to smooth the administrative processes behind the Japan Self-Defense Forces’ (JSDF’s) efforts to modernise through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) mechanism.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s Japan’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) said on 6 December that the Security Cooperation Consultative Meeting (SCCM) with the US Department of Defense’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) was aimed at “tackling problems related to FMS procurement”.

ATLA said the two agencies had resolved to “further promote strengthening of [our] co-operative relationship” through the SCCM, which is an annual forum focused on US defence exports to Japan as well as technical collaboration and transfers.

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