A formal agreement for Japan to buy two billion Dollars worth of American warplanes was signed in Washington on Tuesday (20 June).
A formal agreement for Japan to buy two billion Dollars worth of American warplanes was signed in Washington on Tuesday (20 June). The Japanese Defence Minister, Mr. Shin Kanemaru and the U.S. Defence Secretary, Mr. Harold Brown both witnessed the signing for 100 McDonnell Douglas F-15 fighters and 45 Lockheed P-3C submarine patrol planes to be assembled in Japan.
SYNOPSIS: Although Mr. Kanemaru was in the United States on a week-long informal visit, there was a full military welcome for him and the Japanese delegation at the Pentagon. During his visit Reuters reported he was expected to discuss last month's U.S. request that Japan increase its contribution to the cost of maintaining American Armed Forces there because of the weakening of the Dollar's value against the Yen. As the agreement was signed Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Graves commented on the deal.
In reply to Colonel Graves' comments Mr. Mabuchi said the purchases would modernise and enhance greatly the air defence and anti-submarine warfare capabilities of Japan's self-defence forces. Following the official signing of the agreement the two men held their own ceremony.