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Japan-China Defense Officials' Talks

Japanese and Chinese defense officials held working-level talks at the Japan Defense Agency on November 29, 2006. Lieutenant General Zhang Qinsheng, Assistant Chief of General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, attended as the Chinese representative. He exchanged views with Administrative Vice-Minister for Defense Takemasa Moriya on regional security, the defense policies of both countries, and defense exchange. Before the talks General Zhang paid a courtesy call on Minister of State for Defense Fumio Kyuma.

Lieutenant General Zhang Qinsheng (left) with Minister of State for Defense Fumio Kyuma
Lieutenant General Zhang Qinsheng (left) with Minister of State for Defense Fumio Kyuma
Working-level defense talks
Working-level defense talks

Extension of the Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law

A bill extending the Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law for another year was passed by the House of Councillors and became law on October 27, 2006. Following this, the government revised its basic plan concerning the dispatch of Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) ships to the Indian Ocean under the law to extend the term of operations to May 1, 2007. From December 2001 through December 7, 2006, supply activities by MSDF ships in the Indian Ocean included 705 operations to refuel warships and 55 to refuel aircraft from a total of 11 countries.

MSDF refueling operations in the Indian Ocean MSDF refueling operations in the Indian Ocean
MSDF refueling operations in the Indian Ocean

SDF Marching Festival

The Self-Defense Force Marching Festival took place November 17-18, 2006. Ground, Maritime, and Air Self-Defense Force (SDF) bands, as well as guest bands from the Indian Army and U.S. Forces in Japan, performed. A film of activities of SDF units in Iraq was also shown. At the close of the performances, Minister of State for Defense Fumio Kyuma said, "I am deeply impressed by the bonds of friendship with other countries created through music."

A guest band from overseas performing at the festival
A guest band from overseas performing at the festival
A scene from the SDF Marching Festivalv
A scene from the SDF Marching Festival