The FAA has signed a Bilateral
Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) between the United States and
Japan that allows for the reciprocal certification of aircraft and
The BASA was signed by US Embassy Charge d'Affaires ad interim
James Zumwalt and Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirofumi
Nakasone. FAA Acting Assistant Administrator for International
Aviation Dorothy ("Di") Reimold signed the BASA Implementation
Procedures for Airworthiness with the Japanese Civil Aviation
Bureau Director for Engineering Toru Miyashita.
"This is a major step forward in the maturing aviation
relationship between our nations," said Acting FAA Administrator
Lynne A. Osmus. "We look forward to continuing our strong
relationship with our aviation safety counterparts in Japan."
The air travel market between the United States and Japan was
approximately 11.2 million passengers in FY 2008. In FY 2008, Japan
was the largest export market for U.S. aerospace products, with
exports valued at $8.3 billion. Air traffic levels between the
United States and the Asia-Pacific region are estimated to increase
by 6.5 percent from 2006 to 2010.