In August 2007, the United States and Japan concluded a General Security of Military
Information Agreement (GSOMIA) to facilitate the sharing of classified information. Based on some
60 precedents, the agreement has established common security standards to allow for sharing of
intelligence as well as information on defense programs and operations. Given the well
developed U.S. legal and administrative regime governing the protection of classified
information, U.S.-Japan bilateral information sharing will be greatly facilitated by Japan’s
adoption of a similar domestic regime.
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