Japan Ministry of Defense


 
U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS "Mercy"(left) and LST "Kunisaki"(center) heading for Cambodia.
No.18 AUGUST 2010

U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS "Mercy"(left) and LST "Kunisaki"(center) heading for Cambodia.

Ministry of Defense Entrance Ceremony

The recruits for FY2010 pledging their oath at entrance ceremony of the Ministry of Defense
The recruits for FY2010 pledging their oath at entrance ceremony of the Ministry of Defense
Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa delivering his instruction
Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa delivering his instruction

On April 1, the Ministry of Defense held the entrance ceremony for 124 new civilian personnel. Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Kazuya Shimba, and Parliamentary Vice-Ministers of Defense, Akihisa Nagashima and Daizo Kusuda attended the ceremony. Defense Minister Kitazawa stated his instruction that "I would like to ask each of you not only to commit yourself to your own assignment alone, but also to share your motivation and enthusiasm with other members to resolve difficulties and work with in unity in order to dedicate to your country. Since national defense is the cornerstone of a country's existence, I hope that you will always be aware of your great and serious responsibilities, while actively dedicating yourselves to your duties," quoting a passage from a classical Chinese poetry anthology Toshisen, saying "Feel other person's spirits in your life/Fame is not an issue" to express his feelings. Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Kimito Nakae delivered the letters of appointment to the recruits, then, a representative of them emphatically swore that "We will do our best to complete our duties at the risk of our own lives."

Administrative Vice-Minister Nakae stated hopefully that "Too much reliance on precedents will not bear fruit. I want you to cultivate your modesty to listen with sincerity to anyone and the tolerance to accept different opinions, as well as to try anything without fear of failure."

Dispatch of Instructor to Egypt PKO Center

Lieutenant Colonel Nakagawa explaining at the PKO center
Lieutenant Colonel Nakagawa explaining at the PKO center

From April 10 to 17, the Ministry of Defense dispatched a SDF officer as an instructor, to the "Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa" in Egypt, on a request from this center. This center hosted lectures for approximately 25 military personnel and police officers from some African nations, on the subjects of international laws such as the Geneva Convention and the convention relating to the status of refugees, and international cooperation activities between international organizations such as PKOs , UNHCR and NGOs. Lieutenant Colonel Misa Nakagawa is the first female GSDF officer who was dispatched to the center as an instructor. She has a rich experience in international cooperation activities that she had been transferred to the Secretariat of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters of the Cabinet Office, and had served as an liaison and coordination personnel in the International Peace Cooperation Assignment in the Golan Heights, and as an election observer in Timor-Leste peacekeeping operations. The African nations have been trying to solve various problems they face with their own efforts. This dispatch supported their efforts, and was expected to be of great significance for promoting peace and stability in Africa.

Discussion starts toward the diversion of aircraft developed by the Ministry of Defense to civilian use

The first meeting of the diversion of the aircraft developed by the Ministry of Defense to civilian use.
The first meeting of the diversion of the aircraft developed by the Ministry of Defense to civilian use.

The first meeting to discuss the diversion of aircraft developed by the Ministry of Defense to civilian use was held on April 23. Participants at the meeting (chaired by Director-General for Acquisition Reform Ministry of Defense Yoshiyuki Iwai) were as follows: the directors of equipment and technology-related divisions from the Internal Bureau and each Staff Office, relevant private sectors like ShinMaywa Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies, experts and officials from Graduate School of Tokyo University, METI, MLIT and JAXA. Defense Minister Kitazawa stated that "Development of the diversion to civilian use will contribute to maintain and strengthen productive and technological bases, and to reduce the cost of defense equipment", and "The diversion of aircraft developed by the Ministry of Defense to civilian use is surely significant to the countries in Southeast Asia as well, which have many islands, and might be to be praised internationally." And the Minister expressed his opinion that "We can explore a new path while observing the Three Principles on Arms Exports." It was agreed that the meeting be planned to be held monthly, and a report be planned to be issued in this summer

The aircraft targeted for the diversion to civilian use are the US-2 search and rescue amphibian plane, the XP-1 next-generation patrol aircraft, and the XC-2 next-generation transportation aircraft. During the meeting, the Ministry of Defense explained the background of the concept of the diversion of aircraft developed by the Ministry of Defense to civilian use, and the outline of the aircraft. The manufacturing companies explained the features of the aircraft, the ideas of diversion to personnel transport and multipurpose amphibian plane, and challenges for implementation such as export-related procedures.

Participation in Pacific Partnership 2010

Medical Treatment in Cambodia
Medical Treatment in Cambodia

From May 23 to July 15, a total of approximately 220 Japanese personnel participated in the Pacific Partnership 2010, hosted by the U.S. Pacific Command, including about 40 members of joint medical team which consisted of medical, dental, pharmaceutical and nursing officers from Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces, and 22 civilian members of NGOs providing medical and disaster relief. The transport vessel "Kunisaki" (approximately 160 crew members) supported the activities.

Participating in PP10 has important purposes to promote mutual understanding and cooperative relationship between partner nations, to improve the international security environment, and to help strengthen the Japan-U.S. Security Arrangements. Furthermore, participation will also serve to improve the medical and transport proficiency and skills for the SDF in carrying out international disaster relief activities and international peace cooperation operations. In addition, it will lead to securing meaningful opportunities to learn know-how for coordinating and collaborating with civilian organizations.