During the visit, Japan and Canada stressed the importance of an agreement to strengthen military cooperation between the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Self-Defence Forces, signed last year. The agreement, known as the Acquisition of Cross Servicing Agreement (AcSA), will allow both countries to effectively use each other`s military equipment in operations and exercises in Canada, Japan and other locations. The agreement will also promote bilateral cooperation in humanitarian crises and disasters, as well as peacekeeping initiatives, and strengthen cooperation with third-party partners, including the United States. The Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) is negotiated on a bilateral basis between the United States and its NATO allies or coalition partners, which allow U.S. forces to exchange the most common types of support, including food, fuel, transportation, ammunition, and equipment. The agreement in no way obliges a country to act militarily. The ESAs also exist between third countries. Japan and South Korea have both formed ACSA with countries other than the United States.  In addition to the ACSA agreement, both sides are moving towards greater interoperability between their armed forces, with an increase in joint exercises and high-level exchanges. In 2017, both sides began bilateral naval exercises called „Kaedex” (Kaede is maple leaf in Japanese) and the Canadian Navy also participated last year in keen Sword exercises in the United States. The agreement will also promote cooperation between the two countries to address humanitarian and relief crises, as well as peacekeeping initiatives, and strengthen cooperation with their partners. „The signing of this agreement is a strong commitment to improving cooperation between the Canadian Armed Forces and the Japanese Self-Defence Forces by enhancing interoperability between our respective armed forces. As like-minded peace and security partners, the agreement demonstrates our shared interest in cooperation to establish common priorities in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Today, on the margins of the G7 Foreign Ministers` Meeting, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono signed the Bilateral Acquisition and Cross-Services Agreement (CASA).
This agreement will strengthen cooperation between the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Japanese Self-Defence Forces and allow both countries to effectively use each other`s military equipment in operations and exercises in Canada, Japan and other locations. . . .