Japan–Israel Defense Ministerial Meeting

The Japan-Israel Defense Ministerial Meeting
Japan–Israel Defense Ministerial Meeting
Defense Minister Tanaka shaking hands with Deputy Prime Minister Barak
Defense Minister Tanaka shaking hands with Deputy Prime Minister Barak

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, Defense Minister Tanaka held a Japan–Israel defense ministerial meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Barak, and exchanged views on Japan-Israel defense cooperation and exchanges, etc.

Minister Tanaka conveyed his appreciation for Israel’s assistance in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Also, he stated that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Israel, and that Japan looked forward to continuing to maintain their amicable bilateral relations.

Regarding Japan–Israel defense cooperation and exchanges, both sides agreed to exchange views on their security matters.

Both sides also exchanged views on the regional situation, including North Korea and Iran, and agreed to continue to closely monitor the situation.

Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense visits Indonesia, Myanmar, and Brunei

From Monday, February 20, to Friday, February 24, Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Kanazawa visited Indonesia, Myanmar, and Brunei.

In Indonesia, on February 20, Administrative Vice-Minister Kanazawa met with Deputy Defense Minister Sjafrie and Secretary General of Defense Eris at the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia.

At the meeting, the ministers welcomed the recent enhancement of defense exchanges between the two countries. They concurred that while continuing to promote exchanges on a variety of levels, concrete achievements needed to be made in such areas as capacity building assistance and PKO.

In Myanmar, on February 23, Administrative Vice-Minister Kanazawa met with Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Soe Win, Defence Minister Hla Min, and Deputy Defence Minister Aung Thaw at the Zeyathiri Beikman.

At the meeting, both sides exchanged views on launching consultations among defense authorities for the promotion of bilateral defense exchanges.

In Brunei, on February 24, Administrative Vice-Minister Kanazawa met with Deputy Minister of Defence Mustappa and Permanent Secretary (Defense Policy & Development) Saifulbahri at the Ministry of Defence of Brunei.

At the meeting, the ministers agreed to advance bilateral relations on a variety of levels, including high-level exchanges and exchanges among units.

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