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Publication of White Paper in English

Defense of Japan 2008
Defense of Japan 2008
The Defense of Japan 2008 has been published. The English edition of the defense white paper provides an exhaustive overview of Japan's defense policy, covering such topics as the Japan-US security alliance, Japan's ballistic missile defense, and peace cooperation activities. One chapter of the latest white paper is devoted to reforms of the MOD. The full text of the Defense of Japan can be viewed at the MOD website (http://www.mod.go.jp/e/publ/w_paper/2008.html).
 

Marching Festival 2008

The grand finale of Marching Festival 2008
The grand finale of Marching Festival 2008

The SDF Marching Festival 2008 was held at Nippon Budokan on November 21 and 22 on the theme of "one person's effort will turn into power for the future." There were some 1,000 performers, including the marching bands of the Ground, Maritime, and Air Self-Defense Forces and the Band of the US Army in Japan. Around 40,000 people enjoyed the six performances held over two days.