Japan, Britain resolve jurisdiction issue in military pact talks

The Japanese and British governments have resolved the issue of primary jurisdiction during talks to conclude a Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) which stipulates the legal status of Self-Defense Force personnel and British troops while on the territory of the other, we learned on Tuesday.

The two governments have agreed to grant primary jurisdiction to the sending country to the other over crimes committed by troops in the receiving country if they are on duty or if the crimes inflict harm only on the sending country the troops, informed sources said.

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