Defense Activities

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CONTENTS

MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Japan–Philippines Ministerial Meeting
Welcome ceremony for Defense Secretary Gazmin
On July 2, Defense Minister, Satoshi Morimoto, signed statement of intent to promote defense cooperation and exchanges between Japan and the Philippines with Defense Secretary Gazmin.
Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense, Shu Watanabe, Visited the Philippines
Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Watanabe with Defense Secretary Gazmin
Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense, Shu Watanabe, visited the Philippines from June 23 to 25 and met with the Secretary of National Defense for the Philippines, Voltaire T, Gazmin.

TOPICS

Deployment Air force for counter Piracy Enforcement [Completion of 700 Flight Missions]
Crew and engineers celebrating the completion of the 700th flight mission
On June 18, Deployment Air force for counter Piracy Enforcement completed its 700th flight mission from the deployment of the 1st unit.
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

ACTIVITIES

Participation in PSI Air Interdiction Exercise “Pacific Shield 12”
Participation in PSI Air Interdiction Exercise 	“Pacific Shield 12”
Along with terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and their related components such as parts and raw materials has been a matter of concern in the international community.

SPECIAL FEATURE

Japan’s BMD System
SM-3 missile launched from an Aegis Destroyer
Q1. What is Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system in Japan?
A1.In the areas surrounding Japan, China and Russia deploy a great number of ballistic missiles which can deliver nuclear weapons.

COLUMN

Introduction to Equipment Amphibious search and rescue plane US-2
Introduction to Equipment Amphibious search and rescue plane US-2
The US-2 is an amphibious search and rescue plane operated by the MSDF.
Introduction to historical building Headquarters of MSDF Kure District (former Kure Naval Building)
Introduction to historical building Headquarters of MSDF Kure District (former Kure Naval Building)
There is a granite driveway in the center of the front of the building.