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Dispatch of Twenty-seventh Team to UNDOF

Members of the 26th team after returning to Japan
Members of the 26th team after returning to Japan
On February 21, the first group of personnel on the 27th transport team dispatched to the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights left Japan for its approximately half-year assignment to replace members of the 26th team.
    The Japanese government decided to extend the period for international peace cooperation activities by six months until September 30 in response to the UN Security Council decision on December 12, 2008, to extend the UNDOF mission by six months until June 30. It also added one SDF officer to the delegation in response to a request from the United Nations.
    For the UNDOF mission, Japan had been dispatching 2 SDF officers to UNDOF Headquarters and an SDF unit of 43 personnel in charge of logistical duties, including transportation, since February 1996. One officer at UNDOF Headquarters was assigned to planning and coordination for facilities construction and transport activities, and the other was assigned to public relations duties. It was decided that an additional officer in charge of transport support duties would be dispatched.
 

Cobra Gold 2009

Members of the SDF participating in Cobra Gold 2009

Members of the SDF participating in Cobra Gold 2009
Members of the SDF participating in Cobra Gold 2009
The Cobra Gold 2009 multilateral exercise was held in Thailand for 14 days from February 4 to 17. Cobra Gold was originally a bilateral exercise between the United States and Thailand, but it has been organized as a multilateral exercise since 2000 focusing on peace enforcement activities in regional conflicts, UN peacekeeping operations, and humanitarian assistance activities. The exercise marked its twenty-eighth year in 2009. Some 12,000 people participated this year from the United States, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan and other countries.
    In order to actively and on their own initiative engage in international peace cooperation activities, which have become their primary mission, the Ministry of Defense and the SDF need to enhance practical skills and strengthen coordination with the military forces of other countries. The SDF's participation in this exercise has been contributing to improving the skills of SDF personnel and promoting understanding and trust with other countries. The SDF participated in this exercise for the first time in 2005. It dispatched some 80 members for its fifth participation in Cobra Gold.
    Members of the SDF took part in a PKO command post exercise, training for humanitarian / civic action (medical), training in Noncombatants Evacuation Operations / Transportation of Japanese Nationals Overseas, and a PKO field training exercise.
 

Dispatch of the International Peace Cooperation Unit for Nepal Extended

Members of the 3rd team
Members of the 3rd team
On March 6 the Japanese government decided at a Cabinet meeting to extend by six months the dispatch period of SDF personnel to the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN).
    With this decision, which came after the UN Security Council in January 2009 extended UNMIN's mandate until July 23, 2009, upon the request of the Nepalese government, SDF personnel's dispatch period has now been extended through September 30, 2009. The six-member second team, which had been dispatched to UNMIN since March 2008, was replaced in March 2009 by the third team with the same number of personnel. The third team will, just as the first and second teams, monitor the management of weapons and soldiers.
    UNMIN was established in January 2007. Japan has been dispatching six SDF personnel to UNMIN as officials in charge of military-monitoring duties.
 

Meeting of Senior Defense Officials on Common Security Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region

Senior defense officials meeting
Senior defense officials meeting

Tokyo Seminar
Tokyo Seminar
The Ministry of Defense hosted the meeting of senior defense officials on common security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region for the first time on March 17, 2009 in Tokyo. The purpose of this meeting is to build close person-to-person relationships among defense officials of Japan and ASEAN member countries through informal and frank discussion on regional security challenges. Participating countries other than Japan were Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.
    In the meeting, Japan explained the objectives of initiating the meeting and participants frankly and constructively discussed common regional security challenges such as humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, maritime security, peace keeping and peace building.
    Participants deepened mutual understanding on respective views on common regional security challenges. They all recognized and shared the view that dialogue of this kind is truly beneficial for forging foundation for stronger bilateral and multilateral ties based on mutual trust and cooperation.
    The Ministry of Defense of Japan proposed to hold the meeting on a regular basis and the participants supported the proposal.
    After the meeting, bilateral meetings between Vice-Minister of Defense Masuda and General Nean Phat, Secretary of State for National Defense, Cambodia, Lieutenant General Sjafrie, Secretary General of Defence, Indonesia and Brigadies General Sisophonh, permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Defense, Laos were held respectively, and Brigadier General Ang, Deputy Secretary for Policy, Singapore, made a courtesy call to Vice-Minister masuda.
    The first Tokyo Seminar on Common Security Challenges is being held on the day following the meeting (March 18) with the participation of Japanese and international experts to discuss shared security concerns and explore regional cooperation measures.