UK Seeking Defence Industrial Partnerships with Japan

Britain and Japan to Collaborate on Defence Industrial Partnerships

Mr Stephen Phipson, Head of the UK’s Defence and Security Organisation visited Japan from 4 to 6 November to seek Japanese Government and industry support for stronger defence industrial partnerships.

Phipson took up his post in March 2015 and quickly spotted the potential for mutually beneficial defence and security industrial cooperation with Japan. Speaking to senior officials at the Japanese Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry he said “The UK and Japan are equal partners in defence and security capability, our companies have many complimentary technologies and I believe there are significant opportunities for us to explore joint UK and Japanese exports to third countries.”

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Notes to editors:

The UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) helps the UK defence and security industries to export through direct exports and international partnerships. It does this by building strong relationships with industry and overseas governments. DSO provides specialist export advice and practical assistance, working closely with industry and government departments including the UK Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and the Export Control Office (ECO). DSO has around one hundred staff in London and around 20 diplomatic posts overseas including a First Secretary, Defence and Security at the British Embassy in Tokyo.

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