Performance of the Bands of Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces
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No.20 JANUARY 2011

Performance of the Bands of Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces

The MOD/SDF Senior Officials Meeting held

The senior officials of MOD/SDF at the meeting
The senior officials of MOD/SDF at the meeting

On September 8, the 46th MOD/SDF Senior Officials Meeting was held at the Ministry of Defense, Tokyo, to make the policies and directions of the Ministry of Defense known widely to the SDF senior personnel, and to exchange views regarding the important challenges facing the SDF.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the supreme commander of the Self Defense Forces, and senior personnel of the MOD and SDF.

In his remarks, Prime Minster Kan noted that the national defense should be achieved not solely by the MOD and SDF, but by the country and the people as a whole, MOD and SDF, but by the country and the people and the people as a whole, and he referred to the review of National Defense Program Guidelines, defense exchanges and cooperation with other countries and the deepening of the Japan-US Security Treaty.

Defense Minister Kitazawa delivering his speech
Defense Minister Kitazawa delivering his speech

Then, Defense Minister Kitazawa, taking up the response to North Korea and other diverse contingencies, activities to promote peace and stability in the international community, the strengthening of Japan–US Security Arrangement, efforts to improve the effectiveness of defense capabilities and Ministry of Defense reforms, urged the high-ranking officials and officers to be ever more diligent in their duties.

15th Tokyo Defense Forum

Defense Minister Kitazawa at 15th Tokyo Defense Forum
Defense Minister Kitazawa at 15th Tokyo Defense Forum

The Ministry of Defense hosted the 15th Tokyo Defense Forum (TDF) on September 14-17.Senior defense officials from 19 Asia-Pacific countries and representatives from the European Union (EU) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had exchanged their views at the Forum.

The Forum, aimed at promoting mutual understanding and transparency through an exchange of views, was chaired by Mr. Oe, Director-General for International Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Japan.

First one topic is “The Role of Major Countries in Security Cooperation in the Region”, which included how major non-ASEAN countries would contribute to security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and what roles they would be expected to play. The other topic is “The Role of Defense Authorities in the ARF”, as the role of defense authorities in ARF countries is increasing. Presentations on these agendas were made from the perspective of both ASEAN countries and non-ASEAN countries, and views were exchanged among participants.

On September 16, the Ministry of Defense hosted the 1st TDF Seminar, chaired by Dr. Shiraishi, President, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization. Experts and members of the defense community from Japan and overseas participated in the seminar to make a public discussion and contributed to the challenges for improving the security environment and promoting dialogue and cooperation in the region. Discussion focused on two topics: “The Role of Major Countries in Security Cooperation in the Region” and “Establishing the Order in the Region Concerning Maritime Security”.

The Forum provided an opportunity for considering the defense authorities’ further contribution to ARF, role sharing between ARF and ADMM-Plus, and other issues. The Chair stated his intention to report the outcomes of the Forum to an appropriate ARF meeting as the host country, and the Forum came to a close, following participants’ support of his intention.

Troop Review

On October 24, 2010, a Troop Review was held at the GSDF Camp Asaka Training Area as a part of events in celebration of Japan Self-Defense Forces Day, with approximately 3800 personnel, 60 aircraft and 240 vehicles participating. Approximately 22,000 people and invitees attended the review, including Diet members, ambassadors and members of U.S. Forces Japan. With Prime Minister Naoto Kan , Defense Minister Kitazawa, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Azumi, other senior MOD officials as well as President of the House of Councilors(the Upper-House) Nishioka as a guest of honor went up onto the observation stand.

The Troop Review started with a salute by the Guard of Honor, then, Prime Minister Naoto Kan gave an instruction that the SDF needs to maintain a posture anytime ready to respond to various situations, and urged the SDF personnel to continue serving sincerely with a feeling of tension.

Then infantry, airborne and female SDF personnel units conducted a march, followed by review flights of aircraft of the Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces. The vehicle parade was conducted by the Central Readiness Regiment, units dispatched to Haiti, ASDF Patriot units and tank units. After the Troop Review, there were celebratory flights by U.S. aircraft to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the revision of the Japan-US Security Treaty.

left/Tank Unit,center/Infantry Units,right/Troop Review observed by about 22,000 people
Tank Unit
Infantry Units
Troop Review observed by Defense Attaches

SDF Marching Festival

As part of the Self-Defense Force commemorative events, the SDF Marching Festival was held over two days at the Nippon Budokan Hall, on November 19 and 20, with the theme of “Connecting our feelings, Resonance of our Ties.”

The 46th marching festival this year, Defense Minister Kitazawa greeted the audience, saying, “I wish all of you to take this opportunity to observe the monolithic Self-Defense Forces which never give up and complete their mission and build close ties with among the personnel. I would like you to feel confident from the performance that surely SDF is defending the country. Performances were given by the central and regional bands of Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces. The guest bands, 900 members, also played including the US Army Japan Band, the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band and the Singapore Armed Forces Central Band which participated for the first time. Approximately 37,000people enjoyed the wonderful music in 6 performances in two days. The beautiful harmony and the chorus of audience and performers generated the great applause in each performance.

In addition, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the revision of the Japan-US Security Treaty, a special ceremony was held inviting the Commander of the US Army Band and related personnel from the U.S.A., and it showed the strong coalition in cultural affairs between Japan and the U.S.

left/The Singapore Armed Forces Central Band ,center/Spirited performers of Jiei-Daiko,right/The US Army Band playing jazz standard
The Singapore Armed Forces Central Band
Spirited performers of Jiei-Daiko
The US Army Band playing jazz standard

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