Ministry of Defense Symposium “Two Decades of SDF International Cooperation”

A lecture delivered by Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Jinpu
A lecture delivered by Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Jinpu
Panel discussion
Panel discussion

After the first dispatch of a MSDF minesweeping unit to the Persian Gulf in 1991, the Ministry of Defense and the SDF have carried out United Nations peacekeeping, international disaster relief, and other operations throughout the world. Marking two decades of SDF international cooperation, a symposium was held in Tokyo on December 12 of last year with the objective of broadly advertising efforts for international cooperation activities and of hearing opinions regarding the current modality of the activities.

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Hideo Jinpu opened the symposium with a keynote speech on the significance of international cooperation carried out by the SDF and its performance and achievements over the past 20 years.

Subsequently, a NHK commentator Toshio Shimada served as moderator for a debate on issues such as the significance of the SDF’s international cooperation activities, the legal authority to use weapons, the relationship among participating countries, and problems concerning the operational scope when implementing international cooperation. The panelists included: Masahiro Akiyama, Ocean Policy Research Foundation Chairman (former Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense); Hajime Massaki, Ministry of Defense Advisor (former Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Office); Yoichi Kato, Asahi Shimbun Editorial Committee member;, Ken Jimbo Keio University Associate Professor; and Takako Hirose Senshu University Professor.

Defense technology symposium held

The symposium underway
The symposium underway
Exhibit booths
Exhibit booths

On November 9 and 10 of last year, the Technical Research & Development Institute held a symposium where it announced its latest defense technology research findings. The symposium was attended by approximately 1,400 people, including SDF-related personnel, corporations, and universities.

At a special session on the first day, presentations were delivered about the Institute’s assistance activities for the Great East Japan Earthquake, where it released infrared radiation temperature measurements taken at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and measurements of the concentration of radioactive substances found in high-altitude dust. Various research institutes from universities and corporations also gave presentations about several fascinating advanced technologies from the perspective of defense.

During the research and development session, presentations were given on various fields of research related to next-generation defense technologies. The following is a list of the main topics:

  • ・Future ship technologies
  • ・Key points about SDF ship design
  • ・Vehicles and their supporting technologies
  • ・Future propulsion systems for hypervelocity flight
  • ・Defense technology innovation
  • ・Radio wave battle: stealth vs. counter-stealth

Holding of the 2011 NIDS International Symposium on Security Affairs

On November 9 of last year, the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) held the NIDS International Symposium on Security Affairs. This symposium has been held annually since fiscal 1998 by NIDS with the objective of contributing to deepening security policy discussion in Japan. This year marks the symposium’s 14th year.

Distinguished experts from the U.S., Australia, Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, United Nations, ASEAN, and Japan were invited to the symposium, where they engaged in a lively exchange of views under the theme “The Role of the Military in Disaster Relief Operations”. The details of the symposium will be available on the NIDS website (www.nids.go.jp) in the near future.

ARF Heads of Defense Universities, Colleges and Institutions Meeting

Attendees of the ARF Heads of Defense Universities, Colleges and Institutions Meeting
Attendees of the ARF Heads of Defense Universities, Colleges and Institutions Meeting

Last year, from November 29 to December 2, National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) President Nobushige Takamizawa visited Bali (Indonesia) to participate in the 15th ARF Heads of Defense Universities, Colleges and Institutions Meeting (HDUCIM), which was hosted by the Indonesian Defense University.

Under the theme, “Enriching and Transforming Asian Militaries: Communication, Cooperation, Coordination”, views were exchanged by representatives and related personnel from education and research organizations from 22 countries that specialize in national defense and security studies. From Japan, NIDS President Takamizawa delivered a speech on the question of how to provide research outputs and ideas to national and regional strategic processes.

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