Japan Defense Focus

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No.91 (Aug 2017)

No.91 (Aug 2017)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Japan-ASEAN Ship-Rider Cooperation Program and Japan-ASEAN Joint Exercise for Rescue Observation Program

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Status of Scrambles during the First Quarter of FY2017
  • Joint Training Exercise with the U.S. Air Force
  • Status of Counter-Piracy Operation off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the First Quarter of FY2017
  • Establishment of the Southwestern Air Defense Force
  • Trilateral Training Exercise Involving Japan, the United States and India (Malabar 2017)
  • P-1 Participates in the Paris Air Show
  • Special Transport Aircraft - Japanese Air Force One -

<TOPICS>
  • Unveiling of the F-35A Fighter (First Airframe Made in Japan)

<COLUMN>
  • Ryusendo

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Prince Pickles and Miss Parsley Tour at the MOD 2017
 
No.90 (Jul 2017)

No.90 (Jul 2017)

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<TOPICS>
  • Activities of JSDF Engineering Unit Dispatched to UNMISS
    – Looking Back on 5 years and 4 Months –

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • The 16th IISS Asia Security Summit
    – Shangri-La Dialogue –

<ACTIVITIES>
  • The Visit to Izumo by H.E. Mr. Rodrigo R. Duterte, President of the Republic of Philippines
  • JGSDF Participates in Training Exercise with U.S. and Australian Armies
  • Participation in the Exercise BALIKATAN 2017
  • The Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting 2017
  • DD Akizuki

<COLUMN>
  • The Ogasawara Islands

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Ms. Parsley Tour
 
No.89 (Jun 2017)

No.89 (Jun 2017)

Table of Contents


<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-India Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan-Italy Defense Ministerial Meeting

<TOPICS>
  • Joint Training Exercise involving Japan, France, the United Kingdom and the United States (FY2017 Integrated Training in the United States)

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Japan-U.S. Joint Exercises Conducted in April
  • Pacific Partnership 2017 Malaysia and Vietnam (Danang)
  • Type 16 Mobile Combat Vehicle
  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa’s Visits to Djibouti and Bahrain
  • The 16th IISS Asia Security Summit(Shangri-La Dialogue)
  • Withdrawal of JSDF Engineering Unit from UNMISS & the Return of Colors Ceremony

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Bon Voyage - JMSDF Ship Izumo

<COLUMN>
  • Takachiho

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Round Table Talk in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture
 
No.88 (May 2017)

No.88 (May 2017)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • 7th Japan-Australia 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • JSDF Female Personnel Empowerment Initiative

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Updates to the Special Guard of Honor Uniform and their Musical Performance Uniform
  • Japan-U.S. Joint Cruising Exercise
  • Delivery and Commission Ceremony for Submarine “Sekiryu” and Destroyer “Kaga”
  • Status of Counter-piracy Operation off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Fourth Quarter of FY2016
  • Transfer of TC-90 JMSDF Training Aircraft to the Philippines
  • Status of Scrambles in FY2016
  • Completion of Development of a Next Generation Transport Aircraft (XC-2)

<COLUMN>
  • Boy's Day Celebration -Tango no Sekku-

<WEB-ONLY>
  • The 21st Tokyo Defense Forum
 
No.87 (April 2017)

No.87 (April 2017)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • Japan-Russia Defense Ministerial Meeting and 2nd Japan-Russia Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Field Training Exercise in Japan with the U.S. Marines -Forest Light-02-
  • The MOD Symposium ~ Japan-U.S. Alliance: Way Forward ~
  • Graduation Ceremony of the National Defense Medical College / National Defense Academy
  • Japan-U.S. Joint Reunion of Honor Ceremony on Island of Iwo-To
  • Defense Attachés Play Active Roles in the World (Republic of South Africa)
  • Pacific Partnership 2017 - Sri Lanka

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Japan-U.S. Friendship and Grassroots Exchanges

<COLUMN>
  • Kurobe Dam

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Ceremony for Ichigayadai Tour – Welcomed over 400,000 Visitors –
 
No.86 (March 2017)

No.86 (March 2017)

Table of Contents


<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • State Minister of Defense Wakamiya Attends the Munich Security Conference

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Support for Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition
    - Shirase, navigating through icy waters -

<ACTIVITIES>
  • ~Cobra Gold 17~ Multilateral Training Exercise
  • Cope North Guam -Japan-U.S. Australia Joint Exercise in Guam-
  • Dispatch of a Commander to the CTF 151
  • JASDF’s Unit-to-unit Exchanges

<TOPICS>
  • Launch of X-Band Defense Communications Satellite

<COLUMN>
  • Rapeseed Blossoms

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Spring Tour for University Students at the SDF Base and Camp
 
No.85 (February 2017)

No.85 (February 2017)

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<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Minister of Defense’s Visits to Belgium and France

<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Minister of Defense’s Visit to Guam

<TOPICS>
  • First Drop Drill 2017 of the GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Operation Christmas Drop ~Japan-U.S.-Australia Joint Training for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief in the Federated States of Micronesia and other Countries~
  • FY2016 Japan-U.S. Bilateral Command Post Training Exercise Yama Sakura (YS 71)
  • Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Third Quarter of FY2016
  • Status of Scrambles through First Three Quarters of FY2016

<COLUMN>
  • Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

<WEB-ONLY>
  • The One-day Visit to SDF for Women
 
No.84 (January 2017)

No.84 (January 2017)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • Look Back on the Year of 2016

<ACTIVITIES>
  • JSDF International Disaster Relief Operations for New Zealand
  • Participation in International Naval Review Hosted by the Royal New Zealand Navy

<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan-Netherlands Defense Ministerial Meeting

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Interview with Cadet Mark Jason Garcia at NDA

<COLUMN>
  • Coming-of-age Ceremony

<WEB-ONLY>
  • New Year’s Greetings
 
No.83 (December 2016)

No.83 (December 2016)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • SDF Marching Festival 2016

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Japan-U.S. Joint Exercise Keen Sword 17
  • Changes of Postures of Counter-Piracy Operations

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Minister of Defense’s Visit to South Sudan and Send-off Ceremony of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) 11th Engineer Unit

<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • The 2nd ASEAN-Japan Defence Ministers’ Informal Meeting and Japan-Lao PDR Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Trilateral Joint Chiefs of Staff Meeting

<COLUMN>
  • Skiing

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Transfer of MSDF Trainer Aircraft TC-90 ~ Support in Pilot training for Philippine Navy pilots ~
 
No.82 (November 2016)

No.82 (November 2016)

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<ACTIVITIES>
  • The Troop Review FY2016
  • Port Call at Timor-Leste by the MSDF Destroyer Fuyuduki
  • Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Second Quarter of FY2016
  • Status of Scrambles through the First Half of FY2016

<TOPICS>
  • Deepening of Japan-U.K. Defense Cooperation

<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan-Myanmar Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • The 8th Japan-ASEAN Defense Vice-Ministerial Forum

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Rollout Ceremony for the ASDF’s First F-35A

<COLUMN>
  • Autumn Leaves

<WEB-ONLY>
  • SDF Marching Festival 2016
 
No.81 (October 2016)

No.81 (October 2016)

Table of Contents


<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-Saudi Arabia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting
<TOPICS>
  • KAKADU 2016

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Defense Minister’s Visit to Djibouti
<ACTIVITIES>
  • MOD FY2017 Budget Request
  • Pacific Partnership 2016 – Activities in Indonesia
  • Comprehensive Disaster Preparedness Drills “Disaster Prevention Day”

<COLUMN>
  • Matsushima

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Participation in Global Festa 2016

 
No.80 (September 2016)

No.80 (September 2016)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Minister of Defense Succession Ceremony
<ACTIVITIES>
  • Fuji Firepower Review 2016
  • Defense of Japan 2016 Issued
  • SDF Competitors in the Rio Summer Olympic Games
  • Pacific Partnership 2016 – Activities in Palau

<TOPICS>
  • MSDF Tokyo Band Takes Part in Basel Tattoo in Switzerland

<COLUMN>
  • Eiheiji Temple – Zen –

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Summer Tour for University Students at the SDF Base and Camp

 
No.79 (August 2016)

No.79 (August 2016)

Table of Contents


<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Minister of Defense’s Visit to India
<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • RIMPAC 2016
  • – Arctic Aurora – FY2016 Field Training Exercise in the United States

<TOPICS>
  • Pacific Partnership 2016 – Activities in Vietnam

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Participation in Red Flag – Alaska, hosted by USAF
  • Multinational Joint Exercise Khaan Quest 2016
  • Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the First Quarter of FY 2016
  • Status of Scrambles through the First Quarter of FY2016
  • Recent Movement of Chinese Ships

<COLUMN>
  • Obon

<WEB-ONLY>
  • 2016 Prince Pickles and Parsley Tour at the MOD –Annual Summer Tour at the MOD for Kids–

 
No.78 (July 2016)

No.78 (July 2016)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • The 15th IISS Asia Security Summit in Singapore – Shangri-La Dialogue –

<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Minister of Defense’s Visits to Myanmar,Thailand,and Timor-Leste
<TOPICS>
  • Pacific Partnership 2016 – Activities in Timor-Leste
  • Exercise Malabar 2016

<COLUMN>
  • Gion Matsuri

<WEB-ONLY>
  • The SDF Joint Concert 2016

 
No.77 (June 2016)

No.77 (June 2016)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

<TOPICS>
  • Assistance for the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Provided by the U.S. Forces in Japan
  • Assistance from the Republic of Korea in Response to the Kumamoto Earthquake in 2016

<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-Philippines Defense Ministerial Teleconference
  • The 15th IISS Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue)
<ACTIVITIES>
  • The 4th International Mine Countermeasures Exercise Hosted by the United States
  • Maiden Flight of the X-2 (Advanced Technology Demonstrator)
  • The 8th ADMM-Plus Experts’ Working Group on HA/DR

<COLUMN>
  • Hydrangea

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Round Table Talk in Shintomi Town, Miyazaki Prefecture

 
No.76 (May 2016)

No.76 (May 2016)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • Japan’s Defense Capacity Building Assistance

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • KOMODO 2016 Multilateral Joint Naval Training Exercise
  • Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) 2016 Ship Rider Program

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Establishment of the Coast Observation Unit on Yonaguni Island
  • The Icebreaker Shirase’s Return
  • GSDF Kodaira School
  • Japan-U.S.-Canada Joint Training
  • Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Fourth Quarter of FY2015
  • Status of Scrambles in FY2015

<COLUMN>
  • Tsuyu - The Rainy Season

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Disaster Relief Activity in the Wake of the Kumamoto Earthquake in 2016

 
No.75 (April 2016)

No.75 (April 2016)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • - Iron Fist - Field Training Exercise with the U.S. Marine Corps in the United States

<TOPICS>
  • 10th Anniversary of the Joint Staff

<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • State Minister of Defense Wakamiya Attended the Munich Security Conference and Held Bilateral Talks
  • General Iwata, Chief of Staff, GSDF, Visited Brazil
<ACTIVITIES>
  • 5th Anniversary Event for Operation Tomodachi - Joint Performance at the U.S. Department of Defense -
  • The Icebreaker Shirase Supported Transportation of Australian Expeditioners following Grounding of the Australian Icebreaker
  • The 20th Tokyo Defense Forum
  • Graduation Ceremony of the National Defense Medical College / National Defense Academy
  • National Defense Academy of Japan Held the 19th ICC

<COLUMN>
  • Ise-Shima

<WEB-ONLY>
  • FY2016 Entrance Ceremony at Ministry of Defense

 
No.74 (March 2016)

No.74 (March 2016)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Establishment of the New 9th Air Wing

<TOPICS>
  • - Cobra Gold 16 - Multilateral Training Exercise

<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Courtesy Call on Defense Minister Nakatani by ADM Harris, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command
<ACTIVITIES>
  • Cope North Guam - Japan-U.S.-Australia Joint Exercise in Guam -
  • Escort Flotilla Exercise in the United States - GUAMEX -
  • Forest Light - Japan-U.S. Bilateral Training Exercise -
  • Disaster Relief Dispatch to Provide Water Supply Assistance following Heavy Snowfall
  • United Nations Staff Officers’ Course (UNSOC) Held at the Japan Peacekeeping Training & Research Center
  • The MOD Symposium - “Why?” “Now?” The Legislation for Peace and Security -
  • Responses by the MOD and the SDF against the Missile Launch by North Korea

<COLUMN>
  • Japanese Curry

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Spring Tour for University Students at the SDF Base and Camp

 
No.73 (February 2016)

No.73 (February 2016)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • Japan-Indonesia Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Second Japan-UK Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting

<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-Indonesia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan-UK Defense Ministerial Meeting
<ACTIVITIES>
  • First Drop Drill 2016 of the GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade
  • International Peace & Security Symposium 2015
  • The 7th ADMM Plus HA/DR Experts’ Working Group Meeting
  • Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Third Quarter of FY 2015
  • Status of Scrambles through the Third Quarter of FY2015

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Operation Christmas Drop - Japan-U.S.-Australia Joint Training for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief in the Federated States of Micronesia and other Countries -

<COLUMN>
  • Sapporo Snow Festival

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Sea Ice Observation

 
No.72 (January 2016)

No.72 (January 2016)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Look Back on the Year of 2015

<TOPICS>
  • Sixth Japan-Australia 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations

<ACTIVITIES>
  • The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Minister of Defense Nakatani Visits Commander Harris, U.S. Pacific Command, and Others
  • Japan-Georgia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan-Czech Republic Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Joint Staff, Met with Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Joint Staff Met with Chief of Defence Force, Malaysian Armed Forces
<COLUMN>
  • Dogo-onsen Hot Spring

<WEB-ONLY>
  • New Year's Greetings

 
No.71 (December 2015)

No.71 (December 2015)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • SDF Marching Festival 2015

<TOPICS>
  • Third ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting - Plus and Bilateral Talks

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Rising Thunder
    - FY2015 Field Training Exercise with the U.S. Army -
  • UN PKO Training of Trainers

<MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-Republic of Korea Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan-Vietnam Defense Ministerial Meeting
<COLUMN>
  • Omisoka - New Year’s Eve -

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Introducing our Videos!

 
No.70 (November 2015)

No.70 (November 2015)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Icebreaker Shirase - Navigating through Icy Waters -

<TOPICS>
  • Japan Self-Defense Forces Fleet Review 2015

<ACTIVITIES>
  • MOD’s Reorganization
  • Disaster Relief Activity in the Wake of a Heavy Rain in Kanto and Tohoku Regions, September 2015
  • Status of Scrambles through the First Half of FY2015
  • Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Second Quarter of FY 2015

<COLUMN>
  • Wakkanai - The Northernmost City in Japan -

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Round Table Talk in Akita City, Akita Prefecture

 
No.69 (October 2015)

No.69 (October 2015)

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<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Interview with Ms. Tara Boyd, Australian Civilian Exchange Officer at the Capacity Building Support Office in the Ministry of Defense of Japan - A Bridge between Japan and Australia -

<TOPICS>
  • Dawn Blitz 2015

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Naming and Launching Ceremony of New Destroyer “KAGA”
  • MOD FY2016 Budget Request
  • Comprehensive Disaster Preparedness Drills “Disaster Prevention Day”
  • 10th International Peace Cooperation Basic Course

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • The MOD Visit by Ms. Marriet Schuurman, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security
  • The 7th Japan-ASEAN Defense Vice-Ministerial Forum
  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Hirotaka Ishikawa Attended the Returning Ceremony of the 21st Deployment Surface Force for Counter Piracy Enforcement

<COLUMN>
  • Lake Biwa - The Largest Lake in Japan -

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Participation in Global Festa 2015

 
No.68 (September 2015)

No.68 (September 2015)

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<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Participation in Red Flag ? Alaska

<TOPICS>
  • Fuji Firepower Review 2015

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Participation in the Gender Field Advisor Course
  • Northern Rescue 2015 ? Disaster Relief Exercise for GSDF Northern Army

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Admiral Kawano, Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff, of Met with General Worapong, Chief the Thai Defence Forces
  • Admiral Tomohisa and the Takei, Chief of Staff, MSDF, visited Canada United States

<COLUMN>
  • Horyu Temple

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Summer Tour for University Students at the SDF Base and Camp

 
No.67 (August 2015)

No.67 (August 2015)

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<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Defense of Japan 2015 Issued

<TOPICS>
  • Multinational Joint Exercise Khaan Quest 2015

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commanders’ Course
  • FY2015 Minesweeping Training
  • Admiral Kawano, Chief of Staff of Joint Staff, Visited the United States
  • FY2015 SDF Joint Exercise for Rescue
  • Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the First Quarter of FY2015
  • Status of Scrambles through the First Quarter of FY2015

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • The MOD Visit - Mr. Zsolt Rábai, Public Diplomacy Coordinator for Partners across the Globe, NATO

<COLUMN>
  • The Stately and Valiant Aomori Nebuta Festival
    - A Summer Tradition of Tohoku -

<WEB-ONLY>
  • 2015 Prince Pickles and Parsley Tour at the MOD
    - Annual Summer Tour at the MOD for Kids -

 
No.66 (July 2015)

No.66 (July 2015)

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<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • The 14th IISS Asia Security Summit
    - Shangri-La Dialogue -

<TOPICS>
  • Participation in Pacific Partnership 2015

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting

<ACTIVITIES>
  • General Iwata, Chief of Staff, GSDF, Visited the United States
  • FY2015 Japan-U.S. Joint Exercise for Rescue
  • Participation in the 4th ARF Disaster Relief Exercises
  • Dispatch of a Host Ship for Welcoming a Turkish Naval Vessel to Japan

<COLUMN>
  • Kushimoto Town, Wakayama Prefecture
    - The Southernmost Town on the Island of Honshu -

<WEB-ONLY>
  • The SDF Joint Concert 2015

 
No.65 (June 2015)

No.65 (June 2015)

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<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • SDF's International Disaster Relief Activities in Nepal

<TOPICS>
  • Defense Minister Nakatani's Visit to the U.S.
  • The Security Consultative Committee
    - A Stronger Alliance for a Dynamic Security Environment -

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • State Minister of Defense Akira Sato Visited Bulgaria and Estonia
  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Hirotaka Ishikawa Visited Uganda, Djibouti, South Sudan, and Bahrain
  • Visits to New Zealand and Australia by Parliamentary Vice-MinisterofDefense Kenji Harada
  • The 14th IISS Asia Security Summit
    - Shangri-La Dialogue -

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Delivery of the First Refurbished F-2

<COLUMN>
  • Memorial Ship Mikasa
    - The Pride of Meiji Japan -

<WEB-ONLY>
  • FY2015 MSDF Overseas Training

 
No.64 (May 2015)

No.64 (May 2015)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • Japan-U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-India Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan-Timor-Leste Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff's Visit to the MOD

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Delivery and Commission Ceremony, and Decommission Ceremony
    - Destroyer Izumo, Submarine Kokuryu and Destroyer Shirane -

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Participation in the Special Female Military Ocers Course
  • Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Fourth Quarter of FY2014
  • Status of Scrambles in FY2014

<COLUMN>
  • Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival

<WEB-ONLY>
  • 15th Anniversary - Ichigayadai Tour -
  • Ask Bo-Emon about MOD and SDF!

 
No.63 (April 2015)

No.63 (April 2015)

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<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • SDF’s Contribution to UNMISS
    - The UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan -
  • Japan-Australia Cooperation in South Sudan
    - Interview with Australian Liaison Officers -

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Second Japan-France Foreign and Defense Ministers’ Meeting
    - Japan-France Defense Ministerial Meeting -
  • Minister Nakatani’s Meeting with Vice President of South Sudan
  • Japan-Colombia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Chief of Joint Staff Meets His Swedish Counterpart

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Graduation Ceremony of the National Defense Medical College & National Defense Academy
  • The 19th Tokyo Defense Forum
  • Dispatch of a Commander to the CTF 151

<TOPICS>
  • Japan-U.S. Joint Reunion of Honor Ceremony on Island of Iwo-To

<COLUMN>
  • IWO-TO ISLAND

<WEB-ONLY>
  • International Peace Cooperation Activities Civil Military Cooperation Seminar 2015

 
No.62 (March 2015)

No.62 (March 2015)

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<ACTIVITIES>
  • Cope North Guam
    - Japan-U.S.-Australia Joint Exercise in Guam -
  • North Wind 2
    - Field Training Exercise between GSDF and U.S. Army -
  • United Nations Staff Officers Course
  • Multilateral Training Exercise
    - Cobra Gold 15 -

<TOPICS>
  • Defense Attaché

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • SDF Personnel Active on the Global Stage
    - Interview with AFRICOM Liaison Officials -

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-Philippines Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Vice-Minister of Defense for International Affairs Attends ADSOM-Plus

<COLUMN>
  • ~Scenery of Japan~ Sakura

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Milestone 2,500th Honor Guard by GSDF 302nd MP Company

 
No.61 (February 2015)

No.61 (February 2015)

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<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-UK Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Defense Minister Nakatani’s Overseas Visit
  • Defense Minister Nakatani’ s Phone Call with the U.S. Secretary of Defense
  • Courtesy Call on Defense Minister Nakatani by U.S. Ambassador Kennedy

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • SDF’s Disaster Relief Activities of SAR Operation for the Missing Indonesian Air Asia QZ8501

<TOPICS>
  • Overview of MOD FY2015 Budget Bill

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Status of Scrambles by the End of the Third Quarter of FY2014
  • Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Third Quarter of FY 2014

<COLUMN>
  • ~Scenery of Japan~ Shiretoko Peninsula

 
No.60 (January 2015)

No.60 (January 2015)

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<TOPICS>
  • Minister of Defense Succession Ceremony
  • Look Back on the Year of 2014

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • SDF Activities against Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Forest Light 1 – Japan-U.S. Bilateral Training Exercise –
  • First Drop Drill 2015 of the GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade
  • International Peace & Security Symposium 2014

<COLUMN>
  • ~Scenery of Japan~ Sumo

<WEB-ONLY>
  • New Year’s Greetings

 
No.59 (December 2014)

No.59 (December 2014)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • SDF Marching Festival 2014

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Japan-ASEAN Defense Ministerial Roundtable Meeting

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Dispatch of Female SDF Personnel to NATO Headquarters
  • Keen Sword 15 – Japan-U.S. Joint Field Training Exercise –
  • Michinoku Alert 2014 – Disaster Relief Exercise for GSDF Northeastern Army –

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-Finland Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan-Spain Defense Ministerial Meeting

<COLUMN>
  • ~Scenery of Japan~ Amanohashidate

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Letter of Appreciation and Words of Encouragement by Defense Minister Eto

 
No.58 (November 2014)

No.58 (November 2014)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • MOD/SDF 60th Anniversary Air Review 2014

<TOPICS>
  • Disaster Relief for Mt. Ontake Eruption

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Status of Scrambles through the First Half of FY2014
  • Returning Ceremony of FY2014 MSDF Overseas Training Squadron
  • The 17th Incheon Asian Games

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • The 6th Japan-ASEAN Defense Vice-Ministerial Forum
  • Interim Report on the Revision of the Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation

<COLUMN>
  • ~Scenery of Japan~ Amamioshima Island

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Participation in Global Festa 2014

 
No.57 (October 2014)

No.57 (October 2014)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • Minister of Defense Succession Ceremony
  • Succession Ceremony for the Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister and Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Comprehensive Disaster Preparedness Drills
  • Disaster Relief for Life-saving Activities in Hiroshima Prefecture

<ACTIVITIES>
  • KAKADU 2014
  • Field Training Exercise with the U.S. Army
  • MOD FY2015 Budget Request

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Courtesy Call on Indian Prime Minister
  • Defense Minister Eto’s Phone Call with the U.S. Secretary of Defense

<COLUMN>
  • ~Scenery of Japan~ Shurijo Castle

<WEB-ONLY>
  • PR Event Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of ASDF at Ichigaya, Tokyo

 
No.56 (September 2014)

No.56 (September 2014)

Table of Contents


<ACTIVITIES>
  • FIRE POWER 2014 IN FUJI

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Defense of Japan 2014 Issued

<TOPICS>
  • Women Making a Difference at the MOD
    -Interview with a SDF Female Officer-

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan–France Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Minister Onodera Meets the U.S. Navy Secretary
  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Wakamiya Visits France and the UK
  • U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Visits Japan

<COLUMN>
  • ~Scenery of Japan~ Itsukushima Shrine

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Chief of Staff’s Official Visit to Australia and New Zealand
  • Round Table Talk in Asahikawa-city, Hokkaido
  • Summer Tour for University Students at the SDF Base and Camp

 
No.55 (August 2014)

No.55 (August 2014)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • RIMPAC 2014

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Capacity Building Assistance

<ACTIVITIES>
  • What is it Like to be an F-15 Pilot?
    -Interview with an ASDF Personnel at the Front Line-
  • Status of Scrambles through the First Quarter of FY2014
  • The 4th ADMM Plus HA/DR Experts’ Working Group Meeting
  • Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the First Quarter

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Defense Minister Onodera’s Visit to the U.S.

<COLUMN>
  • ~Scenery of Japan~ Yakushima Island

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Prince Pickles and Parsley Tour at the MOD
    -Annual Summer Tour at the MOD for Kids-
  • Courtesy Call on Minister Onodera by Ambassador of the Republic of Benin for Japan

 
No.54 (July 2014)

No.54 (July 2014)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Pacific Partnership 2014

<TOPICS>
  • The 13th IISS Asia Security Summit
    ~Shangri-La Dialogue~

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan–Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • General Iwasaki’s Visit to Myanmar

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Personnel Replacements of the SDF Engineer Unit Dispatched to South Sudan PKO
  • FY2014 SDF Joint Exercise for Rescue
  • Participation in Red Flag-Alaska

<COLUMN>
  • ~Scenery of Japan~ Nagaoka Firework Festival

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Adios! Japan National Stadium
  • The SDF Joint Concert 2014

 
No.53 (June 2014)

No.53 (June 2014)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • 60th Anniversary of the Air Self-Defense Force

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Interview with LTC Kawasaki

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Minister of Defense Travels Overseas
  • The 13th IISS Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue)
  • Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Attends ADSOM-Plus
  • Chief of Staff, Joint Staff visits Myanmar

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Japan, the United States and Australia Conduct Joint Training in Australia
    -Southern Jackaroo 2014-
  • Status of Scrambles in FY2013

<COLUMN>
  • ~Scenery of Japan~ Sendai Tanabata Festival

<WEB-ONLY>
  • ASDF Hamamatsu Airbase Exhibition Hall
  • Strategic Communication Program Initiated by the United Kingdom

 
No.52 (May 2014)

No.52 (May 2014)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • The SDF Assistance in the Search for Missing Malaysian Airlines MH370

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Interview with Lt. Gen. Salvatore A. “Sam” Angelella, Commander of the U.S. Forces Japan and the 5th Air Force

<ACTIVITIES>
  • KOMODO Multilateral Joint Naval Training Exercise
  • Three Principles on Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology Approved by the NSC and the Cabinet
  • Establishment of the Cyber Defense Unit
  • The Tokyo Workshop of Engineer Unit Manual Working Group for Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations
  • Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan–U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting

<COLUMN>
  • ~Scenery of Japan~ Himeji Castle

<WEB-ONLY>
  • 14th Anniversary of Ichigayadai Tour

 
No.51 (April 2014)

No.51 (April 2014)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Dispatch of SDF Personnel to South Sudan

<TOPICS>
  • Delivery and Commission Ceremony of “Suzutsuki” and “Fuyuzuki”
  • USMC/GSDF BILATERAL EXERCISE: EXERCISE FOREST LIGHT

<ACTIVITIES>
  • 5th Japan–ASEAN Defense Vice-Ministerial Meeting
  • “Ministry of Defense Symposium”
    Defense of Japan ~New National Defense Program Guideline~
  • Graduation Ceremony of the National Defense Academy

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden holds talks with Minister of Defense
  • JAPAN–CANADA “2+2” DIALOGUE
  • Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Masanori Nishi visited the United Kingdom
  • JAPAN–LITHUANIA DEFENSE MINISTERIAL MEETING

<COLUMN>
  • ~Scenery of Japan~ Mount Fuji

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Students of Takata Higashi Junior High School (Rikuzentakata-city, Iwate prefecture) visits the Ministry of Defense
  • Costume Mascot of Prince Pickles and Ms. Parsley

 
No.50 (March 2014)

No.50 (March 2014)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Participation in Multinational Training Exercise Cobra Gold 14
  • Field Training Exercise with U.S. Marine Corps in the United States ~Iron Fist~

<TOPICS>
  • Assistance Provided to the 65th Sapporo Snow Festival

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • U.S. Pacific Command Commander Locklear Visits Japan
  • U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Burns Calls on the Minister of Defense
  • U.S. Senator Marco Rubio Calls on the Minister of Defense
  • Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Nishi Visits the Philippines and Laos
  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Wakamiya Visits the U.S. Pacific Command
  • Maritime Chief of Staff Travels Overseas

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Joint Disaster Response Exercise with U.S. Forces TREX -Tomodachi Rescue Exercise-
  • Status of Scrambles through the Third Quarter
  • NIDS China Security Report 2013 Published
  • Video Conference held between the MOD’s Political Executives and the SDF Engineer Unit in South Sudan
  • Report from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Japan Defense Focus (JDF) celebrated its 50th anniversary in March 2014.

 
No.49 (February 2014)

No.49 (February 2014)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • SDF Competitors in the Sochi Winter Olympic Game

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Q&A on Japan’s National Security Strategy, National Defense Program Guidelines and Mid-Term Defense Program

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Defense Minister Onodera Visits India and France
  • Visits to Singapore and Australia by Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Naming and Launch Ceremony for 23MSC “Hatsushima
  • Approval Request of Public Water Body Reclamation for the Futenma Replacement Facility Construction Project (Approval of Public Water Body Reclamation)
  • SDF Support for Displaced People and Provision of Ammunition in the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
  • Launch of Zone Defense
  • Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
  • Concept of FY 2014 Budget

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Thank you Gift from Izu Oshima -A heartwarming story from Izu Oshima Island-
  • Round Table Talk in Kagoshima Prefecture

 
No.48 (January 2014)

No.48 (January 2014)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Dispatch of International Disaster Relief Team to the Philippines

<TOPICS>
  • GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade’s First Drop Drill 2014

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • U.S. Ambassador Kennedy pays a Courtesy Call on Defense Minister Onodera
  • Administrative Vice-Defense Minister attends the Seoul Defense Dialogue and Japan–ROK Defense Vice-ministerial Meeting
  • MSDF Chief of Staff Takes Part in International Symposium on Maritime Security

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Display of MV-22 Osprey
  • Planning of National Security Strategy
  • Revision of National Defense Program Guidelines
  • Mid-Term Defense Program (FY2014–FY2019)
  • Capacity Building Projects in Timor-Leste and Cambodia
  • Departure Ceremony for the 5th Engineer Unit to be Dispatched to South Sudan

<WEB-ONLY>
  • New Year’s Special Feature: The Japan Self-Defense Force’s Horses

 
No.47 (December 2013)

No.47 (December 2013)

Table of Contents


<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan–Russia Defense Ministerial Meeting / Japan–Russia 2+2 Meeting / Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Abe by Russian Representatives
  • The 18th Tokyo Defense Forum and 3rd TDF Seminar

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • The Troop Review FY2013
  • Self-Defense Force Marching Festival 2013

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Dispatch of Japan Relief Unit to the Philippines
  • Changes in the International Peace Cooperation Assignment Implementation Plan for the Republic of South Sudan
  • Cooperation and Exchanges between the SDF Engineer Unit and Mongolian Armed Forces Dispatched to the Republic of South Sudan
  • FY2013 SDF Joint Exercise
  • Joint Field Training Exercise with U.S. Marine Corps in Japan, FOREST LIGHT
  • Launching of New Submarine “Kokuryu

<WEB-ONLY>
  • Disaster Relief Dispatch to Izu Oshima Island (Tokyo)

 
No.46 (November 2013)

No.46 (November 2013)

Table of Contents


<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan–U.S. Security Consultative Committee (“2+2”) Meeting
  • Japan–U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Abe
  • Defense Minister Onodera Visits Vietnam and Thailand

<TOPICS>
  • MOD/SDF Special Action Committee on the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • A Guide to Defense Expenditures

<ACTIVITIES>
  • MOD/SDF Disaster Dispatch to Izu Oshima Island, Tokyo
  • Status of Scrambles for the First Half of Fiscal 2013
  • Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
  • Participation in Global Festa

 
No.45 (October 2013)

No.45 (October 2013)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Fuji Firepower Review 2013

<TOPICS>
  • Comprehensive disaster-preparedness drill on National Disaster Prevention Day 2013 / Naming of the FAST Force

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • The Second ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus)
  • Members from the United States House of Representatives and Senate visit the Ministry of Defense
  • MSDF Chief of Staff visits Russia and France

<ACTIVITIES>
  • FY 2013 Capacity Building Project in Mongolia (Civil Engineering field)
  • Concept of FY2014 Budget Request
  • JSDF collaboration with ODA
  • Ministry of Defense Reform Report

 
No.44 (September 2013)

No.44 (September 2013)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • Defense Posture Review Interim Report (Provisional Translation)

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Response to Various Disasters

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Prime Minister Abe visits the ASDF Miyakojima Sub Base
  • Defense Minister Onodera Visits Europe (Austria and Finland)
  • Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Akinori Eto Visits the United States

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Number of Scrambles in FY2012 and the First Quarter of FY2013
  • Dispatch of International Peacekeeping Unit to South Sudan (The Forth Unit of Staff Officers)
  • Inauguration and Initiatives of the Cyber Defense Council
  • Naming and Launch Ceremony of New Escort Vessel “IZUMO

<COLUMN>
  • Introduction to Equipment “A Flying ICU ~Kido-Eisei Unit~”

 
No.43 (August 2013)

No.43 (August 2013)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • Dawn Blitz field training exercise in the U.S.
  • Defense of Japan 2013 Published

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Participation in Pacific Partnership 2013

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Defense Minister Onodera visits the Philippines
  • Vice Minister of Defense Eto visits India
  • Japan–Australia Defense Ministers Meeting
  • Defense Minister Onodera visits Hawaii

<ACTIVITIES>
  • FY2013 JSDF Joint Disaster Response Exercise
  • ADMM-Plus HADR / MM Exercise
  • Extension of Anti-Piracy Activities / Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden


 
No.42 (July 2013)

No.42 (July 2013)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • The 12th IISS Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue) and Bilateral Talks

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Regarding Response to Cyber Attacks

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Defense Minister Onodera visits Guam
  • MSDF Chief of Staff visits Singapore
  • Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff visits South Sudan and Djibouti
  • Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff visits Brunei

<ACTIVITIES>
  • FY2013 Maritime Self-Defense Force Overseas Training Cruise
  • 4th Coordination Center personnel and 4th engineer unit dispatched for South Sudan PKO
  • African Festa 2013 in Yokohama
  • Expansion of South Sudan PKO activity area
  • Preparing a playground for an orphanage in Juba (UNMISS)


 
No.41 (June 2013)

No.41 (June 2013)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • Prime Minister Abe Visits Iwo To Base
  • Prime Minister Abe Visits ASDF Matsushima Air Base

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Defense Attache
  • INTERVIEW WITH Defense Attache

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Defense Minister Onodera Visits the United States
  • Defense Minister Onodera Meets NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
  • Vice-Minister of Defense Eto Visits Italy
  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Akira Sato Visits South Sudan and Djibouti
  • Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Office Iwasaki Meets U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dempsey
  • GSDF Chief of Staff Kimizuka Meets German Army Chief of Staff Kasdorf

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Regarding Japanese Response to North Korean Missile Launches
  • PAC-3 Deployed in Okinawa

<COLUMN>
  • Introduction to Equipment Type-89 Armored Combat Vehicle

 
No.40 (May 2013)

No.40 (May 2013)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • Blue Impulse returns to Matsushima Air Base
  • Graduation ceremony of the National Defense Academy
  • Central Readiness Force headquarters relocates to Zama
  • Submission of Request for Approval of Public Water Reclamation Concerning Construction of Futenma Replacement Facility

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Japanese Air Force One

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan–Poland Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Meeting with then Deputy Defence Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Completion of the development of fixed-wing patrol aircraft P-1 and assignment to MSDF Atsugi Air Base
  • East Asian Strategic Review 2013
  • Return of land areas south of Kadena
  • Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

<COLUMN>
  • Introduction to a Historical Building MSDF Maizuru District Building No. 1

 
No.39 (April 2013)

No.39 (April 2013)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Offshore Islands Defense

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • The 4th Japan–ASEAN Defense Vice Ministerial Forum
  • Japan–Turkey Defense Ministerial Meeting

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Joint Field Training Exercise with the U.S. Marine Corps in the United States (Iron Fist)
  • Conclusion of International Peacekeeping Operations in Haiti
  • Capacity Building for Vietnam
  • Minister of Defense Visits JSDF Physical Training School

<COLUMN>
  • Introduction to Equipment “Souryu” class submarine
  • Introduction to a Historical Building MSDF First Service School Auditorium (Naval Academy Auditorium)

 
No.38 (March 2013)

No.38 (March 2013)

Table of Contents


<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Chief of Staff, GSDF, visits Indonesia and Thailand, and Chief of Staff, ASDF, visits Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia
  • Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Kanazawa visits the United Kingdom and Spain

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • 40th year of ASEAN–Japan friendship and cooperation

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Participation in Pacific Partnership 2013
  • Entry into force of the Japan–Australia Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA)
  • Japan–U.S.–Republic of Korea Defense Trilateral Talks (DTT)
  • Draft defense budget for fiscal 2013

<COLUMN>
  • Introduction to a historical building Hokuyo-kan (Mutsu city, Aomori Prefecture)

 
No.37 (February 2013)

No.37 (February 2013)

Table of Contents


<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Ministerial Succession Ceremony
  • Ministerial succession ceremony held for Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense and Parliamentary Vice-Ministers of Defense
  • Chief of Staff, GSDF hosted Japan–U.S. Senior Level Seminar

<ACTIVITIES>
  • International Peace Cooperation Assignment Operations in the Golan Heights
  • Transfer of the SDF materials and equipment in Haiti
  • Dispatch of Instructor to the Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa
  • Commencement of capacity-building projects in Cambodia
  • Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

<TOPICS>
  • 1st Airborne Brigade’s FIRST JUMP DRILL OF 2013

<COLUMN>
  • Introduction to equipment NBC reconnaissance vehicle
  • NIDS China Security Report

 
No.36 (January 2013)

No.36 (January 2013)

Table of Contents


<ACTIVITIES>
  • Regarding Japanese Response to North Korea’s missile
  • Commencement of Capacity Building Project in East Timor
  • Icebreaker “Shirase” Leaves Port

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Visits Mongolia
  • Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Visits Vietnam
  • 15th Annual Chiefs of Defense Conference (CHOD)

<TOPICS>
  • The Self-Defense Forces Marching Festival 2012

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Japan–India Defense Cooperation and Exchanges

<COLUMN>
  • Introduction to a historical building
    Large auditorium of the Navy Memorial Hall
    (large auditorium of the former Naval Engineering College)

 
No.35 (December 2012)

No.35 (December 2012)

Table of Contents


<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • 17th Tokyo Defense Forum
  • Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Nagashima Meets with U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Carter
  • Japan–India Vice-Ministerial (2+2) Dialogue, and Japan–India Defense Policy Dialogue

<ACTIVITIES>
  • FY2012 Maritime Self-Defense Force Overseas Training Cruise Returns to Japan

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Japan–Australia Defense Cooperation and Exchanges

<TOPICS>
  • Commemorative Event for the Anniversary of the Japan Self-Defense Forces 2012 FLEET REVIEW

 
No.34 (November 2012)

No.34 (November 2012)

Table of Contents


<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan–Australia Foreign and Defense Ministers’ Meeting (Japan–Australia (2+2)), and Japan–Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan–Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan–U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan–Singapore Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Minister of Defense Met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia
  • Appointment of Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense and Parliamentary Vice-Ministers of Defense
  • Visit by Chief of the Joint Staff to the United States
  • Visit by Chief of Staff, Ground Self-Defense Force, to the United States

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Joint Field Training Exercise Between the GSDF and the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
  • Multinational Cooperation Program in the Asia Pacific (MCAP 12)
  • The Ministry of Defense and the Self-Defense Forces participate in “Eastern Endeavor 12,” a PSI maritime interdiction exercise hosted by the Republic of Korea
  • Conclusion of international peacekeeping operations in East Timor

 
No.33 (October 2012)

No.33 (October 2012)

Table of Contents


<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Visit to the Ministry of Defense from Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs
  • Minister of Defense visits MSDF troops (Yokosuka District)

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Commencement of Japan–Australia cooperation in UNMISS

<TOPICS>
  • Fire Power 2012 in FUJI
  • Achievement of 300,000 visitors for MOD Ichigayadai Tour, and introduction to the Ichigaya Memorial Hall (former headquarters of the Army Cadet School)

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Anti-Piracy Efforts

<COLUMN>
  • Introduction to equipment Type 10 tank

 
No.32 (September 2012)

No.32 (September 2012)

Table of Contents


<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan–U.S. Defense Ministers’ Meeting
  • Defense Minister Morimoto visits GSDF troops
  • Meeting between Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Watanabe and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Carter
  • Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Kanazawa visits Turkey and Kazakhstan

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Activity Record for the Pacific Partnership 2012
  • The 22nd Senior Level Seminar(SLS)
  • Second ADMM-Plus Experts’ Working Group on Military Medicine Meeting and Japan–Singapore Vice-Ministerial Level Meeting

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Blue Impulse

<TOPICS>
  • Publication of 2012 Defense White Paper

 
No.31 (August 2012)

No.31 (August 2012)

Table of Contents


<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan–Philippines Ministerial Meeting
  • Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense, Shu Watanabe, Visited the Philippines

<TOPICS>
  • Deployment Air force for counter Piracy Enforcement [Completion of 700 Flight Missions]
  • Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Participation in PSI Air Interdiction Exercise “Pacific Shield 12”

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Japan’s BMD System

<COLUMN>
  • Introduction to historical building Headquarters of MSDF Kure District (former Kure Naval Building)
  • Introduction to Equipment Amphibious search and rescue plane US-2

 
No.30 (July 2012)

No.30 (July 2012)

Table of Contents


<CEREMONY>
  • Ministerial Succession Ceremony

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Dispatch of the 2nd staff officers and the 2nd Engineer Unit for South Sudan PKO
  • Japan – India Joint Training

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan – Italy Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • IISS Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue)
  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense, Hideo Jinpu, Visited the United States

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Special Feature on the London 2012 Olympic Games

<TOPICS>
  • FY2012 Maritime Self-Defense Force Overseas Training Cruise

 
No.29 (June 2012)

No.29 (June 2012)

Table of Contents


<TOPICS>
  • 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Maritime Self-Defense Force

<ACTIVITIES>
  • Dispatch of Second PKO Unit to South Sudan
  • Joint Statement of the Japan – U.S. Security Consultative Committee (2+2)

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • The former Defense Minister Tanaka Meets with Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon. Bob Carr
  • Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Shu Watanabe, Takes Overseas Trip (Haiti, Hawaii)
  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense, Mitsu Shimojo, Takes Overseas Trip (Bahrain)
  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Hideo Jinpu, Takes Overseas Trip (Israel, Sweden, Norway)

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • About Dispatch of SDF Personnel to South Sudan

<COLUMN>
  • Introduction to equipment F-2 fighter
  • Introduction to a historical building MSDF Officer Candidate School (MOCS) building

 
No.28 (May 2012)

No.28 (May 2012)

Table of Contents


<ACTIVITIES>
  • Regarding Japanese Response to North Korea’s missile
  • South Sudan PKO
  • Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Meeting between the Defense Minister and Prime Minister of Timor-Leste
  • Meeting between the Defense Minister and Philippine Ambassador to Japan

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Capacity Building Support

<TOPICS>
  • Defense Minister visiting the ASDF Hyakuri Air Base
  • Opening of Camp Tokushima
  • National Defense Academy of Japan: Graduation ceremony and entrance ceremony
  • Cooperation for the MLB opening game
  • East Asian Strategic Review 2012

 
No.27 (April 2012)

No.27 (April 2012)

Table of Contents


<ACTIVITIES>
  • Regarding Japanese Response to North Korea’s missile
  • South Sudan PKO
  • Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Meeting between the Defense Minister and Prime Minister of Timor-Leste
  • Meeting between the Defense Minister and Philippine Ambassador to Japan

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Capacity Building Support

<TOPICS>
  • Defense Minister visiting the ASDF Hyakuri Air Base
  • Opening of Camp Tokushima
  • National Defense Academy of Japan: Graduation ceremony and entrance ceremony
  • Cooperation for the MLB opening game
  • East Asian Strategic Review 2012

 
Special Number(March 2012)

Special Number (March 2012)

Table of Contents


  • [INTERVIEW] Then Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Ryoichi Oriki
  • Great East Japan Earthquake and SDF’s Activities
  • Rescue and Search Operations
  • Transport of Supplies and Personnel
  • Livelihood Support
  • Water spraying operation by the SDF
  • Decontamination Assistance
  • Activities of the U.S. Forces
  • U.S. Forces and Australian Defense Forces Assist with the Transport of SDF Units

 
No.25 (February 2012)

No.25 (February 2012)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Ministerial Succceession Ceremony

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan–Mongolia Defense Ministerial Meeting

<TOPICS>
  • Then Defense Minister Ichikawa inspects GSDF decontamination operations
  • GSDF decontamination operations
  • Joint Deployment Exercises by the GSDF Northern Army
  • ASDF New fighter determined
  • Dispatch of a SDF officer as an instructor to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC) in Ghana
  • Dispatch of the International Peace Cooperation Unit to the Republic of South Sudan
  • Issuance of SDF deployment orders for the dispatch of the International Peace Cooperation Unit to the Republic of South Sudan
  • Ceremony for the Presentation of the Unit Flag SPECIAL FEATURE to the International Peace Cooperation Corps to South Sudan
  • Anti-piracy operations off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
  • Ministry of Defense Symposium “Two Decades of SDF International Cooperation”
  • Defense technology symposium held
  • Holding of the 2011 NIDS International Symposium on Security Affairs
  • ARF Heads of Defense Universities, Colleges and Institutions Meeting
  • 47th SDF Marching Band Festival held
  • 1st Airborne Brigade’s First Jump Drill of 2012
  • 53rd Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition icebreaker “Shirase”

 
No.24 (December 2011)

No.24 (December 2011)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Two Decades of International Cooperation: A Look Back on 20 Years of SDF Activities Abroad
  • Two Decades of International Cooperation: International Peace Cooperation Currently Underway

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan–U.S. Defense Ministers Conference
  • Japan–ASEAN vice-ministerial level meeting and related events (bilateral meetings and seminar)
  • Japan–Vietnam Defense Ministerial Meeting (signing of Memorandum of Understanding)
  • Japan–UK Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan–India Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Visit of Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense to the Republic of Korea

<TOPICS>
  • Production of F-2 fighters complete
  • Disaster relief in response to Typhoons No. 12 and No. 15
  • Anti-piracy operations off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
  • FY2011 SDF Commemorative Event: Air Review
  • Japanese people receive Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award for Concord

 
No.23 (October 2011)

No.23 (October 2011)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Departure and appointment of the Ministry’s top three politicians
  • SDF’s activities in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Meeting between then Defense Minister Kitazawa and UN Secretary-General
  • Vice-Ministerial level meeting between the Japanese and Chinese defense ministries

<TOPICS>
  • Establishment of facility for counter-piracy mission in Djibouti
  • Anti-piracy operations extended for one year
  • Anti-piracy operations off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
  • Transfer of command of UNDOF transport unit in the Golan Heights
  • Transfer of command of the unit dispatched to MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti)
  • Dispatch of SDF personnel to excavate and recover abandoned chemical weapons in China
  • ASDF and Royal Australian Air Force conduct joint training
  • Release of the defense White Paper, “Defense of Japan 2011”
  • Interim report by the Study Group on Defense Production and Technological Bases
  • Report from the Committee for Promotion of the Structural Reform of Defense Capability
  • Fuji Firepower Review 2011
  • The New “NIDS” : The Way Forward

 
No.22 (August 2011)

No.22 (August 2011)

Table of Contents


<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • The SDF’s Activities in the Great East Japan Earthquake
  • Minister of Defense Expresses His Appreciation for the Support Provided by Each Country

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • First Japan–U.S. Security Consultative Committee (SCC) “2+2” Ministerial Meeting in Four Years
  • Attendance at the Asia Security Summit by Defense Minister Kitazawa and Bilateral Talks Among the Respective Defense Ministers

<TOPICS>
  • Activities of female SDF personnel in international peace cooperation activities in Timor-Leste
  • Anti-piracy measures off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
  • Maritime Self-Defense Force Training Squadron
  • Entrance Ceremony for New Class- I and II Recruits for FY2011
  • Introduction of New Equipment
  • Circular Flying Object

 
No.21 (March 2011)

No.21 (March 2011)

Table of Contents


<NEWS FLASHES>
  • Japan–Korea Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan–US Defense Ministerial Meeting

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Hirota attends regional security summit “Manama Dialogue”
  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Matsumoto visits four Southeast Asian countries and Nepal
  • Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Nakae visits Thailand and Singapore
  • Visit from Minister of Defense of Indonesia

<TOPICS>
  • International peace cooperation activities in Haiti
  • Anti-piracy operations off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
  • International disaster relief activities for New Zealand earthquake victims
  • New fighter IPT holds first meeting
  • Drop Drill of 1st Airborne Brigade, Ground Self-Defense Force

<DEFENSE POLICY>
  • National Defense Program Guidelines
  • Cabinet Decision on Mid-Term Defense Program

 
No.20 (January 2011)

No.20 (January 2011)

Table of Contents


<NEWS FLASHES>
  • A New Year’s Address from Minister of Defense Toshimi Kitazawa
  • Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Dung, Vietnam
  • Reception on board JMSDF Hashidate commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Japan–U.S. Security Treaty

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan–US Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan–China Defense Ministerial Talk
  • Japan–Singapore Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan–Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan–Thailand Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan–Indonesia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan–Vietnam Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Attends ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus
  • Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister’s Courtesy Call on Secretary of National Defense of the Philippines
  • Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister’s Courtesy Call on Minister of National Defense of Cambodia
  • Japan–New Zealand Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan–Mongolia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense visits Guam

<TOPICS>
  • International Peace Cooperation Activities in Haiti
  • End of International Disaster Relief activities in Pakistan
  • Anti-piracy measures off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden continued
  • SM-3 test launch conducted

<CURRENT NEWS>
  • The MOD/SDF Senior Officials Meeting held
  • 15th Tokyo Defense Forum
  • Troop Review
  • SDF Marching Festival

<INFORMATION>
  • Publication of 2010 Defense White Paper in English
 
No.19 (November 2010)

No.19 (November 2010)

Table of Contents


<NEWS FLASHES>
  • Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa made a speech at the 9th IISS "Shangri-La Dialogue"
  • Secretary-General of the United Nations visits to the Ministry of Defense

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan–Republic of Korea–United States Defense Leaders Hold a Trilateral Meeting
  • Japan–Korea Defense Ministerial Meeting (with ROK Minister of National Defense, Kim Tae-Young)
  • Japan–Singapore Defense Ministerial Meeting (with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Teo Chee Hean)
  • Japan–UK Defense Ministerial Meeting (with UK Secretary of State for Defence, the Right Honourable Liam Fox MP)

<CURRENT NEWS>
  • Border Road Repairs in Haiti completed
  • International Disaster Relief Activities for the Flood Damage in Pakistan

<TOPICS>
  • Pacific Partnership 2010 concluded
  • Dispatch of lecturers to the Mali PKO center
  • Self-Defense Force aircraft diverted to civilian use. Move toward commencing on system design.
  • Introduction of the Defense White Paper
  • Directions from the Minister on the reform of the Ministry of Defense

<DEFENSE POLICY>
  • Anti-piracy Operations off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
  • Futenma Replacement Facility Bilateral Experts Study Group Report

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • 28,000 People enjoy Fuji Firepower Review

<INTERVIEW>
  • 30th Chief of Staff, Maritime Self-Defense Force, Admiral, Masahiko Sugimoto
 
No.18 (August 2010)

No.18 (August 2010)

Table of Contents


<NEWS FLASHES>
  • Japan–U.S. Agreed on the Henoko-saki Area

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • The Japan–Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting held and ACSA signed at the Japan–Australia "2+2"Meeting
  • Japan–India Defense Ministerial Meeting Held in India
  • Meeting with the President of Timor-Leste Support via Human Resource Development for the New Country

<TOPICS>
  • Ministry of Defense entrance ceremony
  • Dispatch of instructors to Egypt PKO Center
  • Discussion starts toward the diversion of aircraft developed by the Ministry of Defense to civilian use
  • Participation in Pacific Partnership 2010

<CURRENT NEWS>
  • Disaster Relief Assistance to Haiti Continues

<DEFENSE POLICY>
  • Anti-piracy Operations off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • The Second Meeting of Senior Defense Officials on Common Security Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region
 
No.17 (March 2010)

No.17 (March 2010)

Table of Contents


<NEWS FLASHES>
  • The airdrop drill was observed by Minister of Defense, Toshimi Kitazawa

<CURRENT NEWS>
  • The Disaster Assistance Efforts for the Haiti earthquake

<TOPICS>
  • Former Chairman of the Joint Staff Office, Mr. Tetsuya Nishimoto, was appointed as Special Advisor to the Minister of Defense
  • Meeting of Directors of the Regional Defense Bureaus
  • Successful Maiden Flight of the XC-2, Next-Generation Transport Aircraft
  • The 45th Meeting of the MOD and SDF Senior Personnel

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Japan-Italy Vice-Ministerial Meeting

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Self-Defense Forces Marching Band Festival

<DEFENSE POLICY>
  • Anti-Piracy Measures off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
 
No.16 (JANUARY 2010)

No.16 (JANUARY 2010)

Table of Contents


<NEWS FLASHES>
  • New Year's Address by Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa

<MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS>
  • Meeting between Japan Defense Minister and U.S. Defense Secretary
  • Meeting of Defense Ministers of Japan and India
  • Meeting of Defense Ministers of Japan and China

<MINISTERIAL ACTIVITIES>
  • First round of ministerial inspections

<CURRENT NEWS>
  • Tokyo Defense Forum
  • Collision involving Destroyer Kurama
  • Self-Defense Forces Fleet Review

<DEFENSE POLICY>
  • Anti-piracy Operations off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
  • IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

<TOPICS>
  • Dispatch of International Disaster Relief Team for Sumatra Padang Earthquake
  • 2009 memorial service for SDF members who died on duty
  • Successful flight test of a Standard Missile-3 by the MSDF's Destroyer Myoko

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Self-Defense Forces Marching Band Festival
 
No.15 (NOVEMBER 2009)
<NEWS FLASHES>
  • Toshimi Kitazawa appointed as Defense Minister

<MINISTERIAL ACTIVITIES>
  • Courtesy Visit by Chief of Royal Malaysian Navy
  • Courtesy Visit by Singapore Armed Forces Chief of Defence Force
  • Minister of Defense Kitazawa's Visit to Okinawa

<CURRENT NEWS>
  • Defense Council
  • The christening and launch ceremony for the helicopter destroyer, Ise (a project started in 2006)
  • Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (PACC) and Pacific Armies Management Seminar (PAMS)

<DEFENSE POLICY>
  • Anti-piracy Operations off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
  • Publication of the 2009 Defense White Paper

<TOPICS>
  • Relief activities for the flood disaster in Chugoku and north Kyushu
  • Typhoon Etau Disaster Relief Operations
  • Dispatch of JSDF Instructors to the Peacekeeping School « Ecole de Maintien de la Paix » in Bamako Mali

<SPECIAL FEATURE>
  • Fuji Firepower Review

<SPOT LIGHT>
  • Interview: Chief of Staff, GSDF General Yoshifumi Hibako
 
No.14 (AUGUST 2009)
<News Flashes>
  • Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada attends the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue
<Special Photo>
  • On July 6,two destroyers "Harusame" and "Amagiri" left Japan for anti-piracy measures off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden.
<Meeting with Foreign Leaders>
  • Japan-Viet Nam Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan-Mongolia Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Japan-US defense ministerial talks
  • Japan-Republic of Korea-United States Defense Leaders Hold Trilateral Meeting
  • Japan-Singapore Defense Ministerial Meeting
  • Courtesy visit to Chairman Wu Bangguo of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and Japan-China defense talks with Minister of Defense Liang Guanglie
  • Japan-Korea Defense Ministerial Meeting with ROK Minister of National Defense Lee Sang-hee
  • Meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Gates at U.S. DoD
<Topics>
  • The entrance ceremony for new recruits was held at the Ministry of Defense.
  • Opinion Exchange Forum for Heads of Disaster Prevention and Crisis Management Sectors of Prefectural Governments.
  • Swine flu response(quarantine supports)
<Defense Policy>
  • Anti-piracy operations off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
  • Response to the North Korea's Missile Launch
<Special Feature>
  • The Self-Defense Forces Central Hospital
<Spot Light>
  • Interview:Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Ryoichi Oriki
 
No.13 (MARCH 2009)
<News Flashes>
  • Meeting with US Secretary of State Clinton
<Special Photo>
  • MSDF vessels departing for anti-piracy ops off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden
<Meeting with Foreign Leaders>
  • Defense Minister Hamada Attends Munich Conference
  • Visit by Timor-Leste Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Security Gusmao and State Secretary for Defense Pinto
  • Visit by PLA Deputy Chief of General Staff Ge
<Topics>
  • Dispatch of Twenty-seventh Team to UNDOF
  • Cobra Gold 2009
  • Dispatch of the International Peace Cooperation Unit for Nepal Extended
  • Meeting of Senior Defense Officials on Common Security Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region
<Defense Policy>
  • Dispatch of MSDF Vessels to Water off the Coast of Somalia
<Special Feature>
  • NIDS International Symposium on Security Affairs 2008
 
No.12 (January 2009)
<News Flashes>
  • New Year's Greeting from the Defense Minister
<Meeting with Foreign Leaders>
  • Courtesy Call by Chinese Admiral Wu
  • Japan-Australia Joint Defense and Foreign Ministerial Consultations
  • Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting
<Topics>
  • Tokyo Defense Forum
  • Japan-India Security Declaration
  • New Chief of the Air Staff Office
  • Former Peacekeepers Dispatched to Egypt PKO Center
  • Extension of Replenishment Support Law
  • Fiscal 2009 Defense Budget
<Country Support>
  • Peace Cooperation Activities in Sudan
<Defense Policy>
  • The Activities of the MOD/SDF in Iraq
<Spotlight>
  • Interview with ASDF Chief of Staff Ken'ichiro Hokazono
<Information>
  • Publication of White Paper in English
  • Marching Festival 2008
 
No.11 (October 2008)
<News Flashes>
  • Yasukazu Hamada Is New Defense Minister
<Meeting with Foreign Leaders>
  • Courtesy Call by US Navy Secretary Winter
<Defense Policy>
  • Japan's Replenishment Support Activities in the Indian Ocean
<Topics>
  • Young Chinese Officers Visit Japan
  • Government Considers Ending Operations in Iraq
  • Ministry of Defense Reform
  • Antiterrorism Events Mark 9/11 Anniversary
  • Dispatch of SDF Personnel to Sudan
  • Policy Debate within the Defense Ministry
<Special Feature>
  • Successful PAC-3 Flight Test
<Spotlight>
  • Interview with Vice-Minister of Defense Kohei Masuda
<Information>
  • MOD Publications
 
No.10 (July 2008)
<News Flashes>
  • Minister Ishiba Attends Seventh Asian Security Summit
<Meeting with Foreign Leaders>
  • Meetings with Defense Ministers in Singapore
<Country Support>
  • International Peace Cooperation Activities in Nepal
<Topics>
  • Departure of Third Replenishment Flotilla
  • JASDF Airlift Squadron Marks 700th Flight in Iraq
  • Cobra Gold 2008
  • New Space Law Enacted
  • Assistance for the Toyako Summit
  • Dispatch of Staff Officers to Sudan
<Special Feature>
  • Disaster Relief Activities in the Wake of the Iwate-Miyagi Quake
  • MSDF Vessel Makes First Visit to China
<Spotlight>
  • Interview with MSDF Chief of Staff Keiji Akahoshi
<Information>
  • The following six SDF athletes will participate in the Beijing Olympic Games.
 
No.9 (April 2008)
<News Flashes>
  • Minister Ishiba Meets with Secretary Rice
<Meeting with Foreign Leaders>
  • Meetings with Bahrain's Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Meetings with Israeli Prime Minister
  • Meetings with Cambodia's Minister of National Defense
<Defense Policy>
  • The Replenishment Support Special Measures Law
<Country Support>
  • Participating in peacekeeping operations on the Golan Heights
<Topics>
  • The 7th Sub-committee of the Tokyo Defense Forum
  • New tank released
  • Chief of the Joint Staff Office visits China
  • The collision between MSDF escort ship Atago and a fishing boat
  • East Asian Strategic Review 2008 released
  • Rice becomes Commander of U.S. Forces Japan
<Spotlight>
  • Interview with Chief of the Joint Staff Office Admiral Takashi Saito
<Information>
  • Do you know of the Ministry of Defense's English website?
 
No.8 (January 2008)
<News Flashes>
  • New Year's Greeting from the Defense Minister
<Current News>
  • Japan-U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting
<Defense Exchanges>
  • Defense Ministerial Meetings
<Topics>
  • Operations ceased under the Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law; Enactment of the Replenishment Support Special Measures Law
  • Chinese warship makes first goodwill visit to Japan
  • Successful test-firing of SM-3 interceptor and deployment of PAC-3 unit at Narashino
  • Draft budget for fiscal 2008 approved by Cabinet
<Defense Policy>
  • The Requisite Ballistic Missile Defense
<Special Feature>
  • The National Defense Academy of Japan
<Spotlight>
  • Interview with National Defense Academy President Makoto Iokibe
<Information>
  • Marching Festival 2007 Takes Place
 
No.7 (November 2007)
<News Flashes>
  • Shigeru Ishiba Appointed Minister of Defense
<Japan-China Defense Ministerial Meeting>
  • Japan-China Defense Ministerial Meeting
<Defense Policy>
  • Being Engaged in International Peace Cooperation Activities
  • Operations currently underway
<Topics>
  • Earthquake Relief Operations in Niigata
  • Budget Request for Fiscal 2008
  • Multilateral Maritime Exercise: Malabar 07-2
  • Defense Forum Held in Tokyo
  • Central Readiness Force Unit Launches Training
  • Japan's Paticipation in "Pacific Shield 07"
  • The Ministry of Defense is Reorganized
<Special Feature>
  • ASDF Iraq Reconstruction Assistance Dispatch Air Transport Squadron
<Spotlight>
  • Interview with the ASDF Chief of Staff Toshio Tamogami
<Information>
  • Defense of Japan 2007 Released in English
  • ASDF Conducts "Wings of Peace" Blue Ring Campaign
 
No.6 (July 2007)
<News Flashes>
  • Yuriko Koike, New Minister of Defense
<Ministerial Meeting>
  • Japan-U.S. "Two-plus-Two" Meeting
  • Sixth IISS Asia Security Conference
  • Japan-Australia "Two-plus-Two" Meeting
<Defense Exchanges>
  • Defense Ministerial Meetings
<Topics>
  • Patriot PAC-3 Missiles Installed at Iruma ASDF Base
  • First Japan-U.S.-India Maritime Goodwill Exercise
  • Prime Minister Abe's Visit to SDF Units in the Middle East
  • SDF Personnel Taking Part in UN Mission in Nepal
<Special Feature>
  • The GSDF Central Readiness Force  -This Year's Aim is "Personal Training"-
<Spotlight>
  • Interview with GSDF chief of staff Ryoichi Oriki
<Information>
  • Ministry of Defense Logo
 
No.5 (March 2007)
<News Flashes>
  • Japan-Thailand Defense Ministerial Meeting
<Current News>
  • Commemorative Ceremony Marking Transition to Ministry of Defense
<Topics>
  • Extension of SDF Dispatch to Golan Heights
  • JSO Chief of Staff Saito's Inspection of Iraq Transportation Wing
  • 1st Airborne Brigade's First Drop Maneuver of the Year
<Special Interview>
  • Interview with Former UNDOF Force Commander Bala Nanda Sharma
<Spotlight>
  • Interview with ASDF Chief of Staff General Tadashi Yoshida
<Information>
  • Japan Defense Focus Questionnaire
 

No.4 (January 2007)
<News Flashes>
  • New Year Greeting from the Defense Minister
<Current News>
  • 2006 SDF Fleet Review
<Topics>
  • Japan-China Defense Officials' Talks
  • Extension of the Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law
  • SDF Marching Festival
<Special Feature>
  • The Defense Agency's Transition to the Ministry of Defense
<Data File>
  • ASDF Scramble Actions
<Spotlight>
  • Interview with MSDF Chief of Staff Admiral Eiji Yoshikawa
<Information>
  • Publication of English Edition of Defense of Japan 2006
 

No.3 (September 2006)
<News Flashes>
  • Defense Minister's Visits to Kuwait, Indonesia
<Current News>
  • Fuji Integrated Firing Exercises
<Topics>
  • Tenth Iraq Contingent's Flag-Return Ceremony
  • Donation of Photos of Russo-Japanese War POWs
  • Disaster Relief in Rain-Drenched Parts of Japan
<Country Support>
  • Medical Unit Sent to Indonesia Following Java Earthquake
<Data File>
  • Fiscal 2007 Defense Budget Request
<Spotlight>
  • Interview with Joint Staff Office Chief of Staff Admiral Takashi Saito
<Information>
  • Defense of Japan 2006
 

No.2 (July 2006)
<News Flashes>
  • Defense Minister at "Two-plus-Two" Meeting
<Current News>
  • Al-Muthanna Leaders' Visit to Defense Agency Parliamentary Secretary
<Topics>
  • Inauguration of Joint Staff Office
  • Dispatch of Tenth Iraq Contingent
  • Letter Thanking Pakistan Army Officer for Help after Pakistan Earthquake
<Country Support>
  • Activities Based on Anti-Terrorism Law
<Data File>
  • Results of Opinion Poll on SDF and Defense Issues
<Spotlight>
  • Interview with Ground Staff Office Chief of Staff Tsutomu Mori
<Information>
  • Tours of Japan Defense Agency
 

No.1 (March 2006)
<News Flashes>
  • Upon the Launch of Japan Defense Focus
<Minister's Visit to UK, Russia, US>
  • Minister's Visit to UK, Russia, US
<Topics>
  • Tenth Anniversary of UNDOF Participation
  • Two Years of Reconstruction Assistance in Iraq
  • Disaster Relief for Snow-Affected Regions of Japan
<Country Support>
  • Report on the Pakistan International Emergency Relief Unit
<Data File>
  • Fiscal Year 2006 Draft Defense Budget
<Spotlight>
  • Interview with Joint Staff Office Chief of Staff Hajime Massaki
<Information>
  • URLs for the Defense Agency and SDF-Related Organizations
 
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