Japan–Philippines Ministerial Meeting

Japan–Philippines Ministerial Meeting
1. Welcome ceremony for Secretary of National Defense of the Philippines, Voltaire Gazmin
2. Signing of the agreement of intent on defense cooperation and exchange between Japan and the Philippines

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. At the same time, the two ministers exchanged views on defense cooperation and exchange between both countries.

At the beginning, Defense Minister Morimoto gave a warm welcome to Defense Secretary Gazmin on his visit to Japan, as it was the first time in 11 years that Japan had hosted the Defense Secretary of the Philippines. He also expressed his gratitude to the Philippines for their assistance toward Japan during the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Defense Secretary Gazmin said that he hoped that his visit to Japan would contribute to further advancements in defense exchanges between the two countries.

Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense, Shu Watanabe, Visited the Philippines

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. During the visit, Senior Vice-Minister Watanabe also inspected the Pacific Partnership 2012, in which the SDF participated.

On June 23, Senior Vice-Minister Watanabe visited the Department of National Defense of the Philippines and met with Defense Secretary Gazmin. They concurred on the importance of sharing knowledge and strengthening cooperation between the SDF and the Philippine Forces in the fields of humanitarian aid and disaster relief, through activities conducted under the Pacific Partnership 2012. Furthermore, they agreed on the need to further promote defense cooperation and exchange between Japan and the Philippines for peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region.

On June 24, Senior Vice-Minister Watanabe visited the Pacific Partnership 2012. He observed medical activities conducted by the SDF medical team, the U.S. Forces medical team, civilian organizations, and other groups at Malaga Elementary School on Samar Island, which is one of the bases for medical activities in the Philippines. He also exchanged views with the personnel involved.

Senior Vice-Minister Watanabe also visited the MSDF transport vessel “Ohsumi” and the U.S. Navy hospital ship “Mercy,” and met with the personnel involved.

Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Watanabe with Defense Secretary Gazmin
Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Watanabe with Defense Secretary
Gazmin
Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Watanabe inspecting the medical activity base
Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Watanabe inspecting the medical
activity base
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