Japan Defense Focus No.79 June 2016

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First Drop Drill 2016 of the GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade
On January 10th, the GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade, the only paratroop unit in Japan, conducted its first drop drill of the year at Narashino Training Ground in Chiba Prefecture.

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Multinational Joint Exercise Khaan Quest 2016

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Minister of Defense’s Visit to India

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani visited India at the invitation of Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar. The two Ministers held the annual Defense Ministerial Meeting on July 14th in New Delhi. Also, Minister Nakatani paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.

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RIMPAC 2016

The GSDF and MSDF took part in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016, the international maritime exercise hosted by the U.S. Navy from June 30th to August 4th.

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– Arctic Aurora –
FY2016 Field Training Exercise in the United States

From May 31st to June 16th, Arctic Aurora, the field training exercise with the U.S. Army, was conducted in the U.S. This is the second time for the SDF to participate in this exercise following the first one held last year.

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Pacific Partnership 2016 – Activities in Vietnam

On July 15th, Pacific Partnership 2016’s activity has begun in Vietnam with the participation of the SDF.

Participation in Red Flag – Alaska, hosted by USAF

The ASDF took part in the U.S. Air Force combat Exercise “Red Flag–Alaska” from May 24th to June 24th.

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Multinational Joint Exercise Khaan Quest 2016

From May 22nd to June 4th, the SDF participated in “Khaan Quest 2016”, which is a multinational joint exercise hosted by the U.S. and Mongolia and is serving as the capstone exercise for the United Nations Global Peace Operations Initiative program.

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Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the First Quarter of FY 2016

Following data shows the records of the measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden from April through June, 2016.

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Status of Scrambles through the First Quarter of FY2016

The ASDF scrambled 281 times during the first quarter of FY2016, which marked an increase of 108 times compared to the same period of the previous year.

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Recent Movement of Chinese Ships

Here are recent movements of Chinese ships.

Obon

Obon is one of Japan’s most recognized folk festivals held in August every year.

2016 Prince Pickles and Parsley Tour at the MOD –Annual Summer Tour at the MOD for Kids–

On July 27th and 28th, 2016, the MOD had kids group tour, with the purpose of deepening their understanding on the current situation of the MOD/SDF and issues related to defense.

LATEST NEWS

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  • Courtesy Call on Defense Minister Nakatani by a U.S. Congressional Delegation (Jul. 21) – Five members of U.S. Senate and House of Representatives led by Sen. Brian Schatz visited the MOD and met with Minister Nakatani.
  • Courtesy Call on Defense Minister Nakatani by Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (Jul. 25)

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