U.S. and Japan Sign Agreement on Preventing and Combating Serious Crime (PCSC)

February 7, 2014

The United States and Japan today signed a bilateral Agreement on Preventing and Combating Serious Crime (PCSC). The Agreement, by enhancing information sharing, will allow U.S. and Japanese law enforcement agencies to improve cooperation in efforts to combat terrorism and transnational crime.

By signing the Agreement, Japan ensures its continued participation in the Visa Waiver Program, which allows for visa-free travel to the United States by eligible visitors. Japan is the 40th counterpart to sign a PCSC Agreement with the United States and the final Visa Waiver Program partner to put a PCSC arrangement in place.

The PCSC Agreement provides a mechanism for the sharing of information about known and suspected terrorists, as well as people engaged in serious criminal activity. The Agreement contains important safeguards to protect the privacy of individuals and their personal information. All information supplied or received under the Agreement will be exchanged through lawful processes, under clearly defined procedures.

Beyond its important practical value, this Agreement symbolizes the joint resolve of the United States and Japan to fight terrorism and transnational crime. Our common values and our mutual interest in protecting our citizens strengthen our commitment to deepen our cooperation. The signing of this Agreement is a reaffirmation of the strong relationship between our two countries.