Philippines-Japan: More military drills, defense equipment and technology transfer

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and President of the Republic of the Philippines Benigno S. Aquino III jointly declared that countries they are representing have entered into the stage of Strengthened Strategic Partnership advancing the shared principles and goals of peace, security, and growth in the region and beyond.

“After WWII, both countries have successfully constructed one of the strongest relations in Asia through the graciousness of the Filipinos and the full and sustained assistance provided by Japan, including its Official Development Assistance, culminating in the Strategic Partnership both countries share today,” says in the joint declaration made by Aquino and Abe.

As endorsed by the two leaders in the declaration, Philippines and Japan will expand their security cooperation through the “Action Plan for Strengthening of the Strategic Partnership” and initiation of negotiations to conclude an agreement on the transfer of defense equipment and technology.

Also included in the initiatives is “the expansion of bilateral and multilateral trainings and exercises for capacity building in areas including those covered by the Memorandum on Defense Cooperation and Exchanges between the Department of National Defense and Ministry of Defense.”

It can be remembered that Philippines and Japan conducted historic naval exercise last May 12.

“Both countries will continue cooperation and will also enforce their discussion aiming at further capability enhancement of the PCG,” says in the joint declaration. This was mentioned after Philippine government and Japan Marine United Corporation signed a contract for ten patrol vessels to be built for Philippine Coast Guard.