Defense Minister's Remarks

Outline of Assistance for the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit by the Ministry of Defense (30 June, 2008)

The Ministry of Defense plans to provide the following assistance for the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit which will be held in the Hokkaido Toyako area from 7th to 9th of July, 2008.

Major Assistance Items

1. Air Lift of VIPs

Provide air lift of VIPs between New Chitose Airport and Toyako area, etc. by EC-225 (Super Puma), CH-47(specially equipped for VIPs) and other aircrafts.

2. Air and Maritime Surveillance

Implement air and maritime surveillance at airspace and sea areas around Hokkaido by several SDF aircrafts including AWACS and MSDF ships.

3. Security Enhancement of SDF Facilities

Enhance the security of SDF facilities.

4. Enhance Readiness for Contingencies

Enhance readiness of the SDF chemical protection units in Hokkaido to respond to contingency situations and readiness of the designated units to engage in consequence management in case of contingency.