Japan, Philippines to further strengthen defense cooperation

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Japan’s Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya met in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, April 17. At the meeting, the two ministers agreed to strengthen defense cooperation.

The visit of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Izumo-class helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH-183) to Philippines in July was also tackled.

The two sides agreed to conduct consultations for further defense equipment and technical cooperation. Japan has transferred to Philippine military five TC-90 aircraft and significant amount of UH-1H spare parts.