Royal Navy and defence firms fly the flag at MAST Asia 2017

Updated: Jun 3, 2021

The magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan

In recent years, the visits of British politicians to Japan have been accompanied by a common refrain: that the country is the UK’s “closest security partner in Asia”. Indeed, Prime Minister Theresa May reaffirmed that sentiment during her August trip to Japan and included a visit to the JS Izumoin Yokosuka as part of her itinerary.

Underpinning that alliance has been greater technological exchange, as well as increased opportunity for British defence firms in Japan. Providing a venue for further cooperation was the Maritime/Air Systems & Technologies (MAST) trade show and conference, which took place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on 12–14 June. Among those present were representatives and firms from the UK, as well as other European countries and Asia–Pacific nations, including Japan, the United States and Australia.

“MAST Asia has been an important event for senior military professionals to engage with their international partners”, Royal Navy Captain Paul Casson OBE, the defence attaché at the British Embassy Tokyo, told BCCJ ACUMEN. “The UK is engaged in the region and the eve