On the sidelines of the G7 Foreign Ministers` meeting, Honorary Minister Chrystia Freeland and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono today signed the Bilateral Acquisition and Cross Service Agreement (CASA). This agreement will strengthen cooperation between the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Japan`s self-defence forces and allow both countries to effectively use the military equipment from the other operation and exercises in Canada, Japan and elsewhere. In addition to the ACSA agreement, the two sides are moving towards greater interoperability between their military, with joint exercises and high-level exchanges. In 2017, both sides began bilateral naval exercises called “Kaedex” (Kaede is a maple leaf in Japanese) and the Canadian navy also participated in the Japanese “Keen Sword” exercises. The signing of this agreement is consistent with The priorities of Canadian defence policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged, which commits Canada to being a reliable player in the Asia-Pacific region through consistent engagement and strong partnerships. Canada views Japan as an important security partner in the Asia-Pacific region and continues to develop relations between the CAF and Japan`s self-defence forces. The Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) is negotiated on a bilateral basis between the United States and its NATO allies or coalition partners, allowing U.S. forces to exchange the most common types of assistance, including food, fuel, transportation, ammunition and equipment. The agreement does not commit a country to take military action. STAs also exist between third countries. Japan and South Korea have both formed ACSAs with countries other than the United States.
 Canada has similar agreements or agreements with a number of countries, including Australia, South Korea, the United States and several of its NATO allies. Japan has similar agreements with the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. “The signing of this agreement is a strong commitment to improve cooperation between the Canadian Armed Forces and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces by strengthening interoperability between our respective armed forces. As a partner in the same concept of peace and security, the agreement demonstrates our common interest in cooperating on common priorities in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. During the visit, Japan and Canada stressed the importance of an agreement to strengthen military and 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.