The US-Japan: Revision of defense deal

Date: April 28, 2015

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The US, Japan Announce Historic Revision of Defense Cooperation

The United States and Japan plan to expand their defense cooperation under new guidelines that, for the first time in the history of the alliance, will allow Tokyo to project its power on a global scale. Both the countries have revised their defence deal after 18 years to deal with growing global security concern.

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, and defense secretary, Ashton Carter, and the Japanese foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, and defense minister, Gen Nakatani, agreed to the new rules after talks.

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The guidelines allow for global cooperation militarily, ranging from defence against ballistic missile, cyber and space attacks as well as maritime security. It also allows the exercise of the right to collective self-defence, that is, Japan could shoot down missiles heading toward the United States and come to the aid of third countries under attack.

Now the US and Japanese militaries will work more closely together in the dispute zones of in the East China Sea or in North Korea.Further, it removed the constraints of geography, as a result, the US-Japan cooperation had moved from focus on local issues to global issues.