JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.100

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Commemorative 100th Edition

In this special edition, we will look back at the events and initiatives covered from the first edition to the current one.

Japan Defense Focus (JDF) was launched in 2006, during a time of transformation in Japan when the reorganization of its government ministries was postponed to the following year. Since then, we have been reporting in real time on diplomatic and defense-related events to the present day of successfully reaching our milestone 100th edition.

In this edition, we will review the topics we have covered from the first edition to the current one, and also consider the message and role of JDF so far and going forward.

2006 International Affairs
Iran begins an uranium enrichment experiment
North Korea launches a total of seven ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan
North Korea conducts an underground nuclear test
Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition
Ministry of Defense Events
Japan-U.S. 2+2
Launch of Japan Defense Focus(JDF)
2007 International Affairs
China conducts an anti-satellite test
North Korea agrees to disable all of its nuclear facilities during the Six Party (China, DPRK, ROK, Japan, Russia and the U.S.) Talks
Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition
Ministry of Defense Events
Reorganization of the Defense Agency into the Ministry of Defense(MOD)
A Patriot PAC-3 system is deployed at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force(JASDF) Iruma Air Base
The Japan Self-Defense Forces(JSDF) personnel dispatched for the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) as military observers
Japan-U.S.-India naval drill conducted for the first time
Japan-U.S. 2+2
Japan-Australia 2+2
DDG Kongo conducts a successful test on counter-missile by ballistic missile SM-3 test firing off the coast of Hawaii
2008 International Affairs
Russian Armed Forces intervene in military clashes between Georgian and South Ossetian Forces
Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition
Ministry of Defense Events
Enactment of the Replenishment Support Special Measures Law
The JSDF personnel dispatched for the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS)
Japan-Australia 2+2
Review of the Mid-Term Defense Program
2009 International Affairs
North Korea launches a ballistic missile which flies through Japanese airspace
North Korea conducts the second underground nuclear test
North Korea launches a total of seven ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan
START I lapses
Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition
Ministry of Defense Events
The JASDF deploys F-15s to Okinawa
Enactment of Anti-Piracy Measures Law
2010 International Affairs
The Republic of Korea (ROK) naval patrol ship “Cheonan” sank in the Yellow Sea by a torpedo attack from a North Korean submarine
United Nations Security Council adopts Resolution 1929 regarding additional sanction on Iran
North Korea shells the ROK’s Yeonpyeong island
Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition
Ministry of Defense Events
Japan Disaster Relief Team dispatched in response to the earthquake in Haiti
Japan-Australia 2+2 and signing of Japan-Australia ACSA
Japan-U.S. 2+2
Formulation of National Defense Program Guidelines for 2010
2011 International Affairs
New START comes into effect
The coalition force led by the U.S., U.K. and France commence military operations against lead multinational forces in military action against Libya
U.S. President Obama announces the killing of Osama bin Laden, the leader of the international terrorist organization Al Qaeda
Independence of the Republic of South Sudan
Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition
Ministry of Defense Events
Disaster Relief teams dispatched in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake
Japan-U.S. 2+2
Dispatch of the JSDF personnel for the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS)
2012 International Affairs
North Korea launches a ballistic missile disguised as a “Satellite”
Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition
Ministry of Defense Events
Japan-U.S. 2+2
Japan-Australia 2+2
Launch of capacity building program in East Timor
Launch of JDF monthly publication
Itsunori Onodera appointed as Minister of Defense
2013 International Affairs
North Korea conducts the third underground nuclear test
North Korea announces that it will readjust and restart the graphite moderated reactor that was mothballed and disabled under an agreement reached at the
Six-Party Talks in October, 2007
Iran and the EU3 (U.K., France and Germany) +3 (U.S., China and Russia) reach first phase agreement for the comprehensive settlement of the nuclear issue
Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition
Ministry of Defense Events
Transport of Japanese nationals in Algeria
Japan-U.S. 2+2
Japan-Russia 2+2
Japan Disaster Relief Team dispatched in response to typhoon disaster in the Philippines
Establishment of the National Security Council of Japan
Development of National Security Council Strategy
Development of 2013 Nation
2014 International Affairs
North Korea launches ballistic missiles
Russian “annexation” of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea
Collision and confrontation between Chinese and Vietnamese public vessels occur
U.S. Central Command begins airstrikes on ISIL in Northern Iraq
Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition
Ministry of Defense Events
Adoption of “Three Principles on Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology”
Deployment of U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey to Okinawa
Transport of international emergency aid in response to the Ebola fever outbreak
Deployment of U.S. Forces TPY-2 (“X-band radar”) to Kyogamisaki
50th edition of JDF
2015 International Affairs
North Korea launches two ballistic missiles
Russia begins airstrikes on ISIL forces in Syrian territory
Terror attacks in Paris, France. ISIL France claims responsibility for the attacks in a statement
Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition
Ministry of Defense Events
Japan-France 2+2
Participation in international emergency aid activities in Nepal
Japan-U.S. 2+2 and the development of the new Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation
MOD restructuring, establishment of the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA)
Japan-Australia 2+2
2016 International Affairs
North Korea conducts fourth nuclear test which it called “hydrogen bomb test”
North Korea launches a ballistic missile disguised as a “Satellite”
The arbitral tribunal renders a final award in which nearly all of the Philippine’s submissions are ruled in favor of the Philippines with regard to arbitral proceedings pursuant to the South China Sea
North Korea conducts its fifth nuclear test
Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition
Ministry of Defense Events
Japan-U.K. 2+2
Enforcement of the Legislation for Peace and Security
Kumamoto earthquake occurs
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Tokyo Band performs at The Basel Tattoo in Switzerland
Addition of the “kaketsuke-keigo” (rush and rescue) mission
Return of major portion of the Northern Training Area
2017 International Affairs
North Korea launches ballistic missiles
North Korea conducts its sixth nuclear test
Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition
Ministry of Defense Events
Japan-France 2+2
Japan-Russia 2+2
Japan-Australia 2+2
Japan-U.S. 2+2
Joint Training Exercise involving Japan, France, the United Kingdom and the United States
Itsunori Onodera appointed as Minister of Defense
The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Central Band performs at The Royal Edinburgh Tattoo in Scotland
10th anniversary of the transition of the Defense Agency to the MOD
Japan-U.K 2+2
2018 International Affairs
Inter-Korean Summit
Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition

Commemorative 100th Edition
  Ministry of Defense Events
Japan-France 2+2
Deployment of first F-35A stealth fighter
Commemorative 100th Edition
Commemorative 100th Edition
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