Japan Defense Focus

Back issue (2014)

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

 

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