National Defense Academy of Japan: Graduation ceremony and entrance ceremony

Address by Prime Minister Noda at the graduation ceremony of the National Defense Academy
Address by Prime Minister Noda at the graduation ceremony of the National Defense Academy
Entrance ceremony at the National Defense Academy
Entrance ceremony at the National Defense Academy

The National Defense Academy of Japan is the country’s only academic institution of higher learning that educates and trains cadets who will be officers of the Ground, Maritime, and Air Self Defense Forces.

On March 18, a graduation ceremony was held at the National Defense Academy in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture for the graduating class of 468 students of undergraduate schools and graduate schools.

The 468 graduates include 22 foreign students: 2 from Cambodia; 3 from Indonesia; 2 from Mongolia; 5 from Thailand; 5 from Vietnam; and 5 from the Republic of Korea.

The graduation ceremony is traditionally held with the attendance of the Minister of Defense and the Prime Minister, who is the Commanderin-Chief of the SDF.

In his address, the Prime Minister made three requests to the graduating class: “To understand the significance of their responsibility to protect the nation”; “To have a strong mettle to spread their wings around the world”; and “To strive to become the SDF which are together with the Japanese people.”

On April 5, an entrance ceremony was held for the incoming class of approximately 600 students, including students of undergraduate schools and graduate schools.

At the ceremony, the new President of the Academy since April 1, Dr. Ryosei Kokubun, delivered an address, expressing his wish that the students: “Are conscious that they are candidates to become officers who will contribute to Japan’s defense and security in the future”; “Will become good human beings and members of society who understand others”; and “Will become true internationallyminded persons.” In addition, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Mitsu Shimojo delivered an address, and Vice Chief of Joint Staff Kiyofumi Iwata delivered a congratulatory address.

The ceremony was followed by a troop review and luncheon event.

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