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MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Defense Minister Hamada Attends Munich Conference

Defense Minister Hamada attended the 45th Munich Security Conference on February 7, becoming the first Japanese defense minister to do so. The minister was a panelist during the Panel on "Managing Instability: Global Challenges and the Crisis of Global Governance" and made remarks, referring to the lessons learned from the SDF's activities in Samawah, Iraq. The gist of his remarks is as follows:

  • To deal with international terrorism, piracy, and other global challenges, it is important to have (1) a concerted and comprehensive strategy, (2) an optimal combination of military and civil assets, and (3) close communication with the local community and strategic public relations. Furthermore, credible military capabilities and each country's proactive efforts and mutual support in the international community as a whole are also necessary.
  • Japan has the potential to further contribute to international peace and is advancing the organizational improvement of the SDF. The government is also making efforts to build a national consensus on the legal measures necessary for broader involvement in global security issues.
  • Relations with European countries and the North American Treaty Organizations are of increasing importance in efforts to address global challenges.


Japan-Singapore Defense Ministerial Meeting (with Defense Minister Teo)
Japan-Singapore Defense Ministerial Meeting (with Defense Minister Teo)
The ministers exchanged their views on both countries' roles in Southeast Asia, and agreed on Japan's continuing proactive involvement in the region. Defense Minister Hamada explained Japan's replenishment support activities in the Indian Ocean and antipiracy measures, and Defense Minister Meetings with Foreign Leaders Teo Chee Hean welcomed and praised these measures.


Japan-UK Defense Ministerial Meeting (with Defence Secretary Hutton)
Japan-UK Defense Ministerial Meeting (with Defence Secretary Hutton)
Defense Minister Hamada explained Japan's replenishment support activities in the Indian Ocean and anti-piracy measures, and views were exchanged on potential cooperation and coordination in antipiracy measures. Defence Secretary John Hutton expressed gratitude for Japan's contributions and agreed to cooperate in anti-piracy measures. Minister Hamada explained the progress in defense exchange with China and conveyed his opposition to the lifting of the European Union's arms embargo against China, given the concern over the lack of transparency in its military capabilities. While noting that the latter was an issue to be determined by the EU, Secretary Hutton replied that he would take Japan's concern into consideration. As for the bilateral defense exchange, agreement was reached on the continuation and strengthening of bilateral dialogue and cooperation, including a visit to Japan by the British Defence Secretary.


Japan-Germany Defense Ministerial Meeting (with Defense Minister Jung)
Japan-Germany Defense Ministerial Meeting (with Defense Minister Jung)
Defense Minister Hamada explained Japan's replenishment support activities in the Indian Ocean and anti-piracy measures, and views were exchanged on potential cooperation and coordination in anti-piracy measures. Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung welcomed Minister Hamada to Germany and agreed to cooperate in anti-piracy measures. The importance of strengthening Japan-EU relations was confirmed, and agreement was reached on advancing bilateral defense exchange, including those at the high-level.


Meeting with Professor Nye
Meeting with Professor Nye
Defense Minister Hamada exchanged views with Professor Joseph Nye on Japan-US relations, and the two shared the perception that the Japan-US alliance will continue to serve as the cornerstone for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and that both countries can advance further bilateral cooperation in the field of security.
    Professor Nye noted that the growing role of the SDF as shown in UN peacekeeping operations, replenishment support activities in the Indian Ocean, and recent anti-piracy measures was a desirable development. While referring to the significance of the 1996 Japan-US Joint Declaration on Security, Defense Minister Hamada noted that Prime Minister Taro Aso had issued instructions on the strengthening of the bilateral alliance, adding that he would continue to make efforts toward this goal.
    Professor Nye stated that the bilateral relationship is better today than it was 10 years ago and expressed his hope that it would be even better 10 years hence.
 

Visit by Timor-Leste Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Security Gusmao and State Secretary for Defense Pinto

Defense Minister Hamada with State Secretary Pinto
Defense Minister Hamada with State Secretary Pinto
Defense Minister Hamada had a meeting with visiting Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Security of Timor-Leste Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao on March 9. At the meeting, the two leaders exchanged views on such matters as the receiving of students from Timor-Leste at the National Defense Academy in and after fiscal 2010 and the promotion of defense exchanges through international conferences, such as the Tokyo Defense Forum. On February 12, Dr. Julio Tomas Pinto, Secretary of State for Defense of Timor-Leste, paid a courtesy call on Defense Minister Hamada and exchanged views on the two countries' defense policies and bilateral defense exchange.
    State Secretary Pinto visited Japan upon the invitation of the Ministry of Defense. He also paid a courtesy call on Vice-Minister of Defense Kohei Masuda, visited the Central Readiness Force, the National Defense Academy, and the Self-Defense Fleet Headquarters, and exchanged views with professors of National Defense Academy and researchers of the National Institute for Defense Studies. He returned home on February 14.

Prime Minister Gusmao reviews the SDF Special Guard of Honor
Prime Minister Gusmao reviews the SDF Special Guard of Honor

Visit by PLA Deputy Chief of General Staff Ge

Defense Minister Hamada with General Ge
Defense Minister Hamada with General Ge
General Oriki with General Ge
General Oriki with General Ge

General Ge Zhen Feng, deputy chief of General Staff Headquarters of the Chinese People's Liberation Army paid a courtesy call on Defense Minister Hamada on February 19. General Ge conveyed the wish of the Chinese minister of national defense for Defense Minister Hamada to visit China at an early date. He noted that there is widerange of exchanges and cooperation between the PLA Ground Force and the Ground Self-Defense Force and that there is considerable room for further development, adding that exchanges should be advanced at various levels and areas. Defense Minister Hamada replied that he expected the bilateral relationship to become increasingly important and that it was vital to expand exchange at all levels. He added his wish to visit China to conduct high-level exchange.
    Deputy Chief of General Staff Ge visited Japan upon the invitation of Ryoichi Oriki, Chief of Staff of the GSDF, marking bilateral exchange at the level of their
Defense Minister Hamada with Chief of General Staff Liang
Defense Minister Hamada with Chief of General Staff Liang
positions after an 11-year hiatus. During General Ge's courtesy call on General Oriki, agreement was reached on advancing exchange at various levels, and views were exchanged on human resources development based on joint operations.
    Ge also visited the GSDF Eastern Army, Central Readiness Force, First Airborne Brigade, and First Helicopter Brigade.
    From March 20 to 21, Defense Minister Hamada visited China and had a meeting with CPLA Chief of General Staff Liang Guanglie. The detail of the visit will be reported in the next edition.