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No.47 (December 2013)

No.47 (December 2013)

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<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)

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<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)

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<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)

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<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)

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<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)

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<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)

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<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)

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<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)

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<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)

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<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)

 

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