Edited by Lucyna Czechowska, Andriy Tyushka, Agata Domachowska, Karolina Gawron-Tabor and Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska
Chapter 5: The long and winding road to strategic partnership: the NATO–Japan relations
Historically, the development of the NATO–Japan partnership has been rather steady, and each of its stages has been continuously strengthening practical cooperation between both actors. The initial contacts were established at the beginning of the 1990s. Today, Japan is one of the sixteen major non-NATO allies. Japan–NATO partnership is the most durable of all NATO partnerships across the globe. In 2013, NATO and Japan signed a joint declaration in which the partners manifested their mutual commitment to deepening the bilateral ties. Finally, in 2014 Japan and NATO launched the Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme in which the partners covered seven areas of even closer cooperation on security matters. Throughout the recent years, Japan has been continuously trying to boost the international support for its highly salient security concerns. Therefore, this chapter elaborates on both future challenges as well as opportunities for the NATO–Japan strategic partnership.
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