Regarding Japanese Response to North Korea’s missile

Regarding Japanese Response to North Korea’s missile
1. PAC-3 being deployed at Camp Ichigaya
2. Commander of the BMD Joint Task Force Saito reporting to Minister Tanaka about the completion of the organization of the unit
3. Defense Minister Tanaka visiting Yokota Air Base

To ensure that preparation is made in the event of the falling of North Korea’s missile, which it calls a “satellite,” Defense Minister Tanaka on March 30 issued the “Order concerning the implementation of destruction measures against ballistic missiles.” In accordance with this order, Aegis destroyers carrying Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) missiles were deployed to the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea, and Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) units were deployed to areas under the missile’s projected flight path in Okinawa Prefecture (Okinawa Island, Miyako Island, and Ishigaki Island) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. Necessary measures were also to be taken to enable swift responses to possible damages as a precaution should the missile fall, and preparations to this were completed on April 9.

On April 12, the first day of the missile launch period notified by North Korea, the Defense Minister and relevant senior members of the Ministry of Defense met to gather and share information. The Minister instructed that every measure continued to be taken around the clock with a sense of urgency.

On April 13, around 7:40am, a certain flying object was launched from North Korea. The flying object remained airborne for more than one minute and fell into the ocean. The information collected thereafter confirmed that the flying object was the missile which North Korea calls a “satellite”. There was no information that any debris from the missile fell within Japanese territory, and there was no report about any harm inflicted upon the Japanese people. On the same day, Defense Minister Tanaka issued an order concerning the termination of the measures ordered in response to this incident.

The Ministry of Defense and Self-Defense Forces will continue to maintain full readiness in response to a variety of contingencies to protect the lives and property of the people.

South Sudan PKO

Cooperation for the MLB opening game
1. Measurement of water-supply-points connecting road    2. Removing weeds, etc. using a hydraulic shovel
3. A bucket loader removing waste soil
Engineering activity commencement ceremony (Gravel filling service by the UNMISS Deputy Chief of Staff)
Engineering activity commencement ceremony (Gravel filling service by the UNMISS Deputy Chief of Staff)

Engineering units have been deployed to South Sudan in several stages since January 2012, and the deployment of the 1st Unit, approximately 210 personnel, was completed on March 25.

The engineering unit began developing a drainage system at the United Nations (UN) camp on March 1 for its first engineering work.

Furthermore, on April 2, the unit started developing an access road to the water supply point of Jabal River in the capital city of Juba. This was the unit’s first engineering work conducted outside of the UN camp. This work was carried out in coordination with the UN based on the request of the Government of South Sudan. The access road was unpaved, and therefore, road surface conditions used to deteriorate in the rainy season. The construction of the road prior to the rainy season will make access to water smoother for Juba residents and United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) units, among others.

The engineering unit will continue to conduct engineering work, including infrastructure development such as roads, in and around the capital city of Juba for the immediate future.

Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

Aerial activities of Japanese P-3C patrol aircraft off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

Record of Mission (January-March 2012)

  1. Number of flights: 54 flights (Accumulated total: 653 flights)
  2. Flight hours: Approximately 420 hours (Accumulated total: Approximately 5,050 hours)
  3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships: Approximately 4,210 ships (Accumulated total: 49,980 ships)
  4. Number of times information was provided to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approximately 420 times (Accumulated total: Approximately 5,870 times)

Escort operations performed by Japanese MSDF units in the same area

Record of Mission (January-March 2012)

  1. Number of escort operations: 28 times (The 316th – the 343rd escort operation)(The 275th – 302nd escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
  2. Number of escorted vessels: 191 vessels (Accumulated total of 2,467 escorted vessels since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law; hereinafter the same)

[Breakdown]

  • Japanese-registered ships: 0 (Accumulated total: 14)
  • Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies: 25 (Accumulated total: 502)
    (Out of the 25 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 3 ships [Out of the 502 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 29 ships])
  • Foreign ships other than above: 166 (Accumulated total: 1,951)
    (Out of the 166 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 0 ship [Out of the 1,951 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 9 ships])

*The above record does not include the 1st – 41st escort operation performed as Maritime Security Activities.

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