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On December 4, 2010, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Hirota attended the regional security summit “Manama Dialogue” hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies(IISS) in Bahrain, and held meetings with defense authorities of each country.
In the meeting, he and the Under Secretary of State and Lords of Spokesman on Defence, U.K., Lord Astor, exchanged views on the situation of the Korean Peninsula and China, as well as antipiracy operations off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, and agreed to promote closer cooperation in future between the two countries.
Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hirota also exchanged opinions with German Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defence Schmidt on the Korean Peninsula situation and the Japan’ s review of the National Defense Program Guidelines. They shared the view on the need for defense capabilities that was suitable for the demands of the time.
He and Bahrain’ s Minister of State for Defense Affairs Muhammad exchanged the views on defense exchange and cooperation between the two countries, anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, and other issues. They agreed to develop defense exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in various fields.
Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hirota and Vice Admiral Fox, the Commander of the U.S. 5th Fleet exchanged views on anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, the importance of securing stability on the Straits of Hormuz, and other issues. They agreed that it is important to secure the stability of sea-lanes through anti-piracy operations and so on.
From January 5 to 11, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Matsumoto visited four Southeast Asian countries and Nepal.
In the Philippines, he exchanged views with Secretary of National Defense Gazmin on Japan-Philippines defense cooperation and other topics.
In Thailand, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Matsumoto exchanged the views on Japan-Thailand defense cooperation and exchanges, the regional situation, and other issues with Defence Minister General Prawit. Defence Minister General Prawit expressed his anticipation for a Japan’s international role in such a field as the ADMM-Plus.
In Nepal, Parliamentary Vice-Minister encouraged the SDF’s personnel engaging in UNMIN as military observers, and exchanged views with officials of UNMIN. He also paid courtesy calls on the Prime Minister of Nepal and Home Minister.
In Malaysia, he paid a courtesy call on Defence Minister Zahidi, and exchanged opinions on assistance to Afghanistan, and other issues, and visited the Peacekeeping Training Center.
In Indonesia, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Matsumoto and Deputy Defence Minister Sjafrie, exchanged views on Japan-Indonesia defense cooperation and exchanges. Deputy Defence Minister Sjafrie expressed his gratitude for acceptance of students from Indonesia at National Defense Academy.
On January 20 and 21, Administrative Vice- Minister of Defense Nakae visited Thailand and Singapore.
In Thailand, he held meetings with Defence Minister General Prawit and Permanent Secre-Meeting with Defence Minister General Prawit (Thailand) Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo (Singapore) tary for Defence General Kittipong. In the meetings, Vice-Minister, they reaffirmed steady development of bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges, and concurred on strengthening the relationship in the future.
In Singapore, he paid a courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo, and exchanged views on defense cooperation and exchanges, the expanding ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus(ADMM-Plus), and other issues. He explained the new National Defense Program Guideline.
Administrative Vice-Minister Nakae and Permanent Secretary for Defence Chiang exchanged opinions on the ADMM-Plus’s Defense Medical Working Group Meeting on Military Medicine which Japan and Singapore would co-chair, and agreed on the evaluation of the 1st ADMM-Plus and its future direction.
On January 14, Defense Minister Kitazawa held a defense ministerial meeting with Minister of Defense Dr. Purnomo who visited Tokyo.
Before the meeting, an unveiling ceremony of a bronze statue of General Sudirman, which was presented by Indonesia, was held. General Sudirman was a national hero in Indonesia’s in dependence who had been educated and trained by Japan.
At the meeting, Defense Minister Kitazawa said that Indonesia is a major power in the region and the Chair of ASEAN, and stated that MOD/SDF hoped to further develop and enhance cooperation with Indonesia on the basis of that newly formulated National Defense Program Guidelines had specified the strengthening of security cooperation with ASEAN countries. Regarding the ARF Disaster Relief Exercise to be held by the two countries in March, Defense Minister said that it was a valuable opportunity to deepen defense cooperation and exchange between the two countries, and that the SDF would participate actively in the exercise. Minister of Defense expressed that the SDF’s participation would be welcomed.
On the matter of maritime security, with both Japan and Indonesia in a similar situation regarding their relationship with China, the two ministers concurred to build closer cooperation in bilateral and multilateral relations.