Cooperation for the MLB opening game

Cooperation for the MLB opening game
1. MLB opening game    2. The Japanese flag at the MLB opening game    3. The U.S. flag at the MLB opening game

The Ministry of Defense and Self-Defense Forces cooperated for the Major League Baseball (MLB) opening game between the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners held at Tokyo Dome on March 28.

During the opening ceremony, huge Japanese and U.S. flags were respectively flown by 50 Ground, Maritime, and Air Self-Defense Force personnel and 50 members of the U.S. Forces stationed in Japan, which boosted the ceremony mood.

The ceremony was held in hopes for a recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, with MLB’s endorsement of the TOMODACHI Initiative*. The SDF and the U.S. Forces, which worked together to assist the recovery in the Tohoku region in the aftermath of the earthquake, once again conducted this joint activity at Tokyo Dome to symbolize the friendship (tomodachi) between Japan and the U.S.

*TOMODACHI Initiative
A partnership for the recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, led by the U.S. Government and the U.S.–Japan Council (non-profit public-interest corporation) and supported by the Japanese Government, Japanese and U.S. companies, individuals, groups, and others.

East Asian Strategic Review 2012

East Asian Strategic Review 2012

The East Asian Strategic Review is an annual report on the security situation in East Asia published by the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS). Its first issue was published in FY1996, and this year’s marks the 16th publication.

The report, directed at general readers and experts in Japan and overseas, presents views on the strategic environment of East Asia and on critical events concerning regional security, and aims to contribute to fostering mutual understanding and building confidence in the region. The report is well received in and outside of Japan and is widely cited in research papers overseas. Additionally, the report is used as course material at colleges,universities and graduate schools in Japan and overseas.

The analyses contained in the report are based on the views of the researchers of NIDS and do not represent the views of the Japanese Government or the Ministry of Defense.

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