JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.101 July 2018

SPECIAL FEATURE SPECIAL FEATURE

Japan-Finland Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-Finland Defense Ministerial Meeting

On May 4th, during his visit to Finland, Minister of Defense Onodera held a ministerial meeting with Dr. Jussi Niinisto, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Finland.

1 Opening Remarks

Minister Niinisto welcomed Minister Onodera on his second visit to Finland and expressed his hope for the development of defense cooperation and exchange between Japan and Finland. Minister Onodera expressed his intention to engage in discussions on a direction for possible defense exchanges in the future.

2 Regional Situations

(1) On the issue of North Korea, Minister Onodera noted that Japan strongly hopes that the inter-Korean summit, held on April 27th, and the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit meeting will result in North Korea taking concrete actions towards the comprehensive resolution of the abductions, nuclear and missile issues. He stated that Japan seeks to continue to engage in close cooperation with European countries, including Finland, to maintain the maximum pressure on North Korea. In response, Minister Niinisto stated that North Korea’s nuclear development is an issue not just for Japan, but for the entire international community and is also monitored by Finland. He expressed support for the measures taken by Japan regarding the issue.

(2) The ministers also engaged in an exchange of opinions on the regional situations, including discussions on Russia.

3 Japan-Finland Defense Cooperation and Exchange

Japan-Finland Defense Ministerial Meeting

Referring to the planned visit to Helsinki in August by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) training squadron, Minister Onodera stated that Japan hopes to further deepen bilateral defense cooperation in a broad range of areas in the future. In response, Minister Niinisto expressed his hope for the advancement of both high-level and working-level exchanges.

Both ministers confirmed that they would further enhance Japan-Finland cooperation through defense-related consultations and unit exchanges.

Japan-Estonia Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-Estonia Defense Ministerial Meeting

On May 6th, during his visit to Estonia, Minister Onodera held a ministerial meeting with Mr. Juri Luik, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia.

1 Opening Remarks

Minister Luik welcomed Minister Onodera’s visit to Estonia and expressed his hope for the development of further defense cooperation and exchange between Japan and Estonia in the future. Referring to the visit to Estonia by Prime Minister Abe in January 2018, Minister Onodera stated that he hopes to engage in discussions on a future direction for possible defense exchanges.

2 Regional Situations

The ministers also engaged in an exchange of opinions on the regional situations, including discussion on North Korea and Russia.

3 Japan-Estonia Defense Cooperation and Exchange

Japan-Estonia Defense Ministerial Meeting

Minister Onodera stated his intention to further develop cooperative relations in the field of cyber security, through the dispatch of MOD personnel, upon the announcement made at the time of Prime Minister Abe’s visit in January, regarding approval for Japan to join NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) as a contributing participant. Minister Luik welcomed Japan’s participation in the CCDCOE and expressed his intention to strengthen both cooperation in cyber-related areas both bilaterally and through NATO.

Both ministers confirmed that they would further enhance Japan-Estonia cooperation, including cooperation in cyber-related areas.

Japan-Singapore Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-Singapore Defense Ministerial Meeting

On May 21, Minister Onodera held a meeting at the MOD with Dr. Ng Eng Hen, the Minister for Defence of Republic of Singapore, during his working visit to Japan.

1 North Korea

Minister Onodera welcomed Minister Ng’s visit to Japan, while expressing his anticipation of progress in the nuclear tests and missiles issue at the U.S.-North Korea summit that is scheduled to be held in Singapore on June 12. He also stated the necessity to take specific action to ensure a complete, verifiable and irreversible abandonment of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles. Minister Onodera expressed his intention to cooperate with Singapore to achieve this goal.

2 Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy

Minister Onodera expressed his intention to cooperate with Singapore in carrying out initiatives based on the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy. In response to this, Minister Ng stated that Singapore also supports such international order.

3 Japan-Singapore Defense Cooperation and Exchanges

Both Ministers highly evaluated the progress in the bilateral defense cooperation. They confirmed to further enhance bilateral cooperation through unit-to-unit exchanges.

4 Japan-ASEAN Defense Cooperation

Minister Onodera paid his respect for the role Singapore plays as the host country of this year’s ASEAN Summit, while also stating his intention to further deepen the Japan-ASEAN Defense Cooperation based on the Vientiane Vision.

5 Regional Affairs

They also engaged in an exchange of opinions on the regional situation, including discussion on South China Sea.

  • back
  • next