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Japan to conclude reciprocal access agreement with Australia

  • November 24, 2021
  • , Nikkei
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Wednesday’s Nikkei wrote that Japan is making arrangements to sign an agreement with Australia next year that would make it easier for each of the countries’ forces to enter the other for joint exercises. The paper wrote that the reciprocal access agreement would streamline both countries’ complex entry procedures for foreign defense forces and equipment, which have become increasingly burdensome as the two engage in more joint exercises, and that the two nations are hoping that the new pact will help increase their joint exercises. Noting that the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement exempts American troops deployed in Japan from certain entry requirements, the paper wrote that the new agreement with Australia would be the first of its kind for Japan to sign with another country besides the United States and that Tokyo is hoping to use the new pact with Australia as a template for similar quasi-alliances with other nations beyond the United States.

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