Japan, US look to smooth defence trade processes

15 July 2018

Japan and the United States have moved forward in addressing concerns in Tokyo about the costs and timeliness of US Foreign Military Sales (FMS), a spokesperson from the Japanese Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA) told Jane’s on 13 July.

The spokesperson said that while progress has been made in talks between the two sides in recent months, the Japanese MoD has not, contrary to reports, agreed to pay for US administration costs attached to dealing with defence transactions. It is understood that talks on this issue are continuing.

“The Japanese MoD and the US side have been closely discussing to improve various FMS procurement issues such as ensuring transparency in FMS pricing and case closures,” said the ATLA spokesperson, adding “[We] will continue closely working together in order to improve various FMS procurement issues such as the timely delivery.”

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