Japan and Australia have committed to deepening their special strategic partnership by enhancing their bilateral defence co-operation.
In a joint statement issued during Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds' first official visit to Tokyo on 20 November, the defence ministers of the two countries vowed to accelerate defence co-operation in the coming years, including in the fields of military exercises, personnel exchanges, space and cyber policy, as well as defence science and technology.
To this end Reynolds and her Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, affirmed that their intention to regularise the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's participation in Exercise 'Pitch Black' from 2020 in Australia, and formalise the bilateral air combat exercise 'Bushido Guardian' in Japan.
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