Japan Defense Focus

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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)

Table of Contents


<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

 

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