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Japan Defense Focus No.17

The 45th Meeting of the MOD and SDF Senior Personnel was convened a 004 t the Ministry of Defense.

 

TOPICS 001

Former Chairman of the Joint Staff Office, Mr. Tetsuya Nishimoto, was appointed as Special Advisor to the Minister of Defense

Defense Minister Kitazawa appointed Mr. Tetsuya Nishimoto to the post of special advisor to the Minister of Defense.
001 Defense Minister Kitazawa appointed Mr. Tetsuya Nishimoto to the post of special advisor to the Minister of Defense.

On January 8, Defense Minister Kitazawa appointed Mr. Tetsuya Nishimoto to the post of special advisor to the Minister of Defense after the government approved the appointment. The post of Special Advisors to the Minister of Defense was established on August 1 last year at the time of the abolition of the advisory structure by Defense Councilors as a part of the reform of the Ministry of Defense. It had been vacant since the inauguration of the new administration.

Mr. Nishimoto is 73 years old, born in 1936, graduated from the National Defense Academy and entered the Ground Self Defense Force(GSDF) in 1959. After occupying posts such as Vice Chief of Staff, GSDF and Commander of the GSDF Middle Army, he became GSDF Chief of Staff in March 1992, and then Chairman of the Joint Staff Office in July 1993. He retired from GSDF in March 1996. When he was GSDF Chief of Staff and Chairman of the Joint Staff Office, he directed the dispatch of a 600-personnel engineering battalion to the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia, which was the first peacekeeping operations by the SDF.

After the retirement, Mr. Nishimoto became chair of the NPO “Japan Mine Action Service?Eand engaged in support for the reconstruction of Cambodia by the disporsal of unexploded bombs and mines by former members of the SDF. He is now the chairman of the NPO, “The International Strategic Synergy Society." From August 1998 to March 2002, he was an advisor to the Japan Defense Agency.

Minister of Defense Kitazawa stated regarding the appointment of Mr. Nishimoto that he was “a man with extensive experience and great insight. We will seek his advices in all matters of regarding defense policy. This year, in particular, we have to revise the National Defense Program Guidelines, and have the issue the reform of the Ministry of Defense as a major theme of discussion. I would like to avail myself of Mr. Nishimoto’s insight for the reform of the Ministry.?E/p>

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Meeting of Directors of the Regional Defense Bureaus

The Meeting of Directors of Regional Defense Bureau was held with attendance by Minister of Defense Kitazawa.
002 The Meeting of Directors of Regional Defense Bureau was held with attendance by Minister of Defense Kitazawa.

On January 14, the first meeting of Directors of Regional Defense Bureaus after the change of government was held at the Ministry of Defense with attendance by Defense Minister Kitazawa and Special Advisor to the Minister of Defense, Nishimoto. The meeting takes place every year for the purpose of reporting on pending issues at each regional bureau, and exchanging opinions.

Defense Minister Kitazawa made an address of instructions, stating “the regional defense bureaus are engaged in complex and difficult coordination with the local entities to promote policies of the Ministry of Defense including the realignment of the U.S. forces,?Eand expressing his appreciation for efforts by each director. He also stated, “there was no difference between the central office of the Ministry of Defense and Regional Defense Bureaus in importance of missions and gravity of responsibilities to protect the peace and security of the people.?Eand expressed his hope that the Ministry of Defense and the Self Defense Forces would continue to work on their duties in united manner.

This was followed by reports from the director of each regional defense bureau about major and pending issues and exchange of opinions based on them.

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Successful Maiden Flight of the XC-2, Next-Generation Transport Aircraft

The maiden flight of the XC-2 next-generation transport aircraft successfully completed at the Gifu base of the Air Self Defense Force.
003 The maiden flight of the XC-2 next-generation transport aircraft successfully completed at the Gifu base of the Air Self Defense Force.

On January 26, the next-generation transport aircraft, the XC-2, successfully completed its maiden flight conducted by the aircraft’s manufacturer, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. at the ASDF Gifu Air Base.

The flight was supported by the airspace surveillance, air traffic control, and in-base rescue preparation by the Gifu Air Base. The XC-2 took off the base at 10:21, its systems were tested, and it returned to base in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

C-1 transport aircraft which are currently operated will see the expiration of their service lives. The XC-2 is the successor of the C-1, and has been developed since 2001 as a domestically manufactured transport aircraft. The main specifications are as follows: length: 43.9m, wingspan: 44.4m, height: 14.2m, and basic takeoff weight: 120.1 tons.

The XC-2 is the latest tactical mid-sized transport aircraft in the world, with a fly-by-wire control system, the flight control system, and an energy-saving cargo unloading system. The amount of transportation, speed and endurance distance of XC-2 are much more than those of C-1.

The XC-2 is expected to be used in airlift missions in disaster relief operations and international peace cooperation activities by the SDF as well as in contingencies.

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The 45th Meeting of the MOD and SDF Senior Personnel

The 45th Meeting of the MOD and SDF Senior Personnel was convened a 004 t the Ministry of Defense.
The 45th Meeting of the MOD and SDF Senior Personnel was convened a 004 t the Ministry of Defense.
004 The 45th Meeting of the MOD and SDF Senior Personnel was convened a 004 t the Ministry of Defense.

The 45th Meeting of the MOD and SDF Senior Personnel was convened at the Ministry of Defense on January 13 with presence of the Supreme Commander of the Self Defense Forces, Prime Minister Hatoyama. Defense Minister Kitazawa and about 170 senior members of the MOD and SDF were in attendance to internally disseminate the policies of the Ministry of Defense and exchange opinions on major issues facing the Self Defense Forces.

Prime Minister Hatoyama arrived at the Ministry of Defense at 10 am before the opening of the meeting and received the first salute from the guard of honor since taking office as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister then gave an opening address, praising the Self Defense Forces as saying “there is no doubt that the SDF has been devoting themselves to protect the lives of people.?ERegarding the expiration on January 15 of the law which authorized replenishment support activities in the Indian Ocean, he stated, “there is a difference of policy on this issue between the government and the previous administration, and therefore, all those involved in the operations at Indian Ocean will return to Japan. However, we cannot thank enough for great efforts by each and every of them. “Regarding the relationship between Japan and the United States, he expressed his thoughts, saying, “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the revision of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. I think that it is very important to deepen the Japan-U.S. alliance. For this reason, we fully understand the great importance of this year.?E/p>

Defense Minister Kitazawa followed by saying, “This year will see an overall review of the National Defense Program Guidelines, and the formulation of Mid-Term Defense Program. Therefore, I would like all of you to concentrate your wisdom on your work to accurately analyze and assess our complex and fluid security environment and the current status of our defense capabilities and actively examine how our defense capabilities should be.?E/p>

Following this, Mr. Katsuya Nomura, the former manager of the professional baseball team, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, delivered a lecture on the theme of leadership. In the afternoon, representatives of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Tohoku Defense Bureau made briefings.

 
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