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Japan, US look to ‘streamline’ defence trade

27 January 2020
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The United States and Japan have agreed to co-operate on “streamlining” Japanese procurements of US military equipment through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) mechanism, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has said.

In a statement, the MoD’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) said the agreement was reached during recent talks between ATLA and the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DCSA). It added that the two sides agreed “various measures” to improve FMS processes in relation to Japanese purchases.

ATLA said the measures include “initiatives” to improve US reimbursement to Japan and to address the non-delivery of FMS procured goods and services.

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