JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.102 August 2018

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The 17th IISS Asia Security Summit
– Shangri-La Dialogue –

From June 3rd to 4th, Minister Onodera attended the 17th IISS Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue), where he delivered a speech and met with defense ministers in attendance.

Summary of Speech by Minister of Defense Onodera

Minister Onodera gave a speech on "De-escalating the North Korean Crisis," which was the theme for the second plenary session. In his speech, Minister Onodera introduced Japan's efforts to resolve the issue of North Korea and expressed Japan's determination in working towards long-term stability and the development of the Indo-Pacific region.

Japan-U.S.-Australia Defense Ministers Meeting

Japan-U.S.-Australia Defense Ministers Meeting

Minister Onodera, the Secretary of Defense of the U.S. Mattis and the Minister for Defence of Australia Payne discussed the regional situation, mainly North Korea, as well as advancements in Japan-U.S.-Australia defense cooperation. With regard to the North Korea situation, the ministers agreed it is extremely important for North Korea to take specific actions in complete, verifiable, and permanent way, and that the three countries will continue to work closely together to ensure North Korea takes these specific actions. Furthermore, they shared the recognition that the three countries and international community must show solidarity concerning unilateral attempts to change the status quo and heighten tensions in the South China Sea. In terms of trilateral defense cooperation, the ministers affirmed their determination to draft a strategic action agenda that will provide a long-term vision to maximize opportunities of trilateral defense cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

Japan-U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) Defense Ministers Meeting Joint Press Statement

Japan-U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) Defense Ministers Meeting Joint Press Statement

Minister Onodera, the Secretary of Defense of the U.S. Mattis and the Minister of National Defense of ROK Song held discussions on the regional security situation, mainly North Korea, and advancements in trilateral defense cooperation. With regard to the North Korea situation, the three ministers agreed it is extremely important for North Korea to take specific actions in complete, verifiable, and permanent ways, and that the three countries will continue to work closely together to ensure North Korea takes these specific actions. The ministers committed to continuing existing security cooperation, including information sharing, high-level policy consultation, joint exercises, and other exchanges, by using trilateral or multilateral mechanisms.

Japan-U.K. Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-U.K. Defense Ministerial Meeting

Minister Onodera and the Secretary of State for Defence Williamson shared the view that they will proceed to develop bilateral defense cooperation in areas such as military component exchanges and joint exercises. The Ministers also shared the view that they will continue to advance defense equipment and technology cooperation including the Joint Study on the Possibility for the Cooperation of Future Fighters. Additionally, the ministers exchanged their views on regional security situations in North Korea and the South China Sea.

Japan-Philippines Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-Philippines Defense Ministerial Meeting

Minister Onodera stated that Japan has decided to grant components of UH-1H multipurpose helicopters to the Philippines which are no longer used by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). In response, Secretary of National Defense Lorenzana expressed his gratitude for Japan’s cooperation. Furthermore, the two ministers exchanged views on the regional situation, including North Korea, and Secretary Lorenzana mentioned his appreciation for Japan’s support of the Philippines’ position regarding the South China Sea.

Japan-Germany Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-Germany Defense Ministerial Meeting

Minister Onodera and German Defence Minister von der Leyen highly valued the development of the bilateral defense cooperation in various fields particularly in the area of cyber security and shared the view that they will strengthen cooperation, including through NATO. Additionally, both ministers exchanged views on regional situations, including in North Korea and the South China Sea.

Japan-Vietnam Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-Vietnam Defense Ministerial Meeting

Minister Onodera and Minister of National Defence Lich of Vietnam highly valued the development of bilateral defense cooperation especially in the area of defense component exchanges, and shared the view that they will proceed to develop defense cooperation and exchanges in specific areas such as peacekeeping operations and capacity building assistance. With regard to the situation in the South China Sea, Minister Onodera stated that any attempts to change the status quo by force cannot be accepted, and Minister Lich stated that he shares this recognition.

Japan-ROK Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-ROK Defense Ministerial Meeting

With regard to the North Korea situation, Minister Onodera and the Minister of National Defense of ROK Song reaffirmed that, in order to make North Korea to take further concrete actions, Japan and the ROK will take concerted actions with the international community which includes the Japan-U.S.-ROK cooperation, in accordance with the UNSCRs.

Japan-France Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-France Defense Ministerial Meeting

Minister Onodera and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Parly exchanged views on regional situations, including the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea. The ministers also welcomed the recent visit of the P-1 patrol aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to patrol aircraft to Lann Bihoue Naval Air Base and the unit-to-unit exchange conducted there. In addition, both ministers affirmed the quick kick-off of the first cooperative research on the feasibility study for mine countermeasure technological activities.

Defense Minister Onodera’s Courtesy Call on Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore

Defense Minister Onodera’s Courtesy Call on Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore

Minister Onodera and Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Teo shared the view that they will promote cooperation, taking advantage of multilateral frameworks including ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM)- Plus, under Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year.

For additional details, visit the website below:
http://www.mod.go.jp/e/d_act/exc/iiss/index.html

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