Activity Record for the Pacific Partnership 2012

Cultural exchanges
Cultural exchanges

The Pacific Partnership is an activity initiated by the United States Forces since 2007. The activity involves visiting countries in the Asia Pacific region on vessels, carrying out medical activities and cultural exchanges in the local community in cooperation with the governments, armies, international organizations, and civilian organizations such as NGOs. The initiative aims to enhance cooperation among the participating countries, and to facilitate the smooth conduct of international disaster relief activities.

Countries are able to improve their skills in the areas of transportation and medical care in international emergency relief activities and international peacekeeping cooperation activities in the Pacific Partnership. This improvement is achieved through involvement in the provision of medical care and the transportation of resources, among other activities. In addition, countries will be able to gain knowhow in coordination and cooperation between the military and civil sector.

Participating countries have a chance to exchanges with military members and civilians of the other participating countries and the hosting country through activities in the field of medical care, which situation enable the participating countries to enhance mutual understanding and cooperative relations and improve the international security environment.

After 2007, the Ministry of Defense has dispatched key personnel from the MSDF every year and participated in medical care activities.

Internal medical treatment
Internal medical treatment
Cultural exchanges
Cultural exchanges
MSDF transport vessels and U.S. hospital ships dispatched
MSDF transport vessels and U.S. hospital
ships dispatched

SDF units were dispatched for the first time in 2010, including one transport ship tank (approximately 160 crew members) from the MSDF, as well as a medical team (approximately 40 members) from the Ground and Maritime and Air SDF. The teams carried out medical-related activities in Vietnam and Cambodia in cooperation with civilian organizations such as NGOs (22 people from four organizations).

Dental treatment
Dental treatment

In 2011, the scale of dispatch was reduced as a result of the need to respond to the earthquake disaster in Japan. As such, several medical officers and other personnel were dispatched to East Timor and Micronesia under the initiative.

Activities, this year, were conducted in the Philippines (June 18 to July 1) and Vietnam (July 10 to July 24), and involved the participation of one transport ship from the MSDF (approximately 140 crew members), a medical team from GSDF, MSDF, and ASDF (approximately 50 members), and civilian organizations (19 personnel). An ASDF transportation aircraft was also dispatched as a new initiative for the transportation of personnel.

Under the Pacific Partnership this year, as part of activities in the field of medical care, in addition to the provision of comprehensive medical care focusing on internal medicine and dentistry in the local medical activity bases, public hygiene education was also provided to local residents and medical staff with the aim of ensuring the sustainability of the effects of these short-term medical activities. The SDF conducted cultural exchanges with the local residents, and gave an introduction of its activities in the Great East Japan Earthquake to local government officials.

Public hygiene education
Public hygiene education
Introduction of the SDF’s activities in the Great East Japan Earthquake
Introduction of the SDF’s activities in the Great
East Japan Earthquake

The 22nd Senior Level Seminar(SLS)

Participants of the 22nd Senior Level Seminar (SLS)
Participants of the 22nd Senior Level Seminar (SLS)

Top Army personnel of Japan, U. S. and Australia issue “Japan–U.S.–Australia Joint Statement”

On July 11 (Japan time), “Japan–U.S.–Australia Joint Statement” was signed by General Eiji Kimizuka, Chief of Staff, GSDF, together with Lieutenant General Francis J. Wiercinski, Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific, Lieutenant General Kenneth J. Glueck´╝îJr., Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force (representing Commanding General, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific) and Lieutenant General David Morrison, Chief of Australian Army. The primary purpose of it is “the way-ahead of Japan–U.S.–Australia trilateral cooperation for the stabilization in the Asia-Pacific region.” In this statement, top Army officials confirmed their contributions for the regional stabilization through humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and international peace cooperation activities, and agreed to further strengthen their partnerships through trilateral defense cooperation, including training and exchanges.

The Joint Statement was signed at the 22nd SLS, which was held from July 10 to July 12 (Japan time).

SLS has been hosted by GSDF, U.S. Army Pacific and the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific by turns since FY2001. The twenty second SLS was the first occasion to welcome the Australian Army as observer(s).

Second ADMM-Plus Experts’ Working Group on Military Medicine Meeting and Japan–Singapore Vice-Ministerial Level Meeting

The second meeting of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus Experts’ Working Group (EWG) on Military Medicine, which Japan co-chairs from July 18 to 20, was convened in Tokyo. Attendees, in the meeting, exchanged views on cooperation among the member countries in the area of military medicine in times of disaster.

The meeting was held with delegates from the 10 ASEAN countries, as well as military medicine experts from Japan, the United States, China, Korea, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and India.

Singaporean Permanent Secretary for Defence Chiang Chie Foo, an EWG co-chair, visited Tokyo as a representative of Singapore on the occasion of EWG meeting. He delivered the opening remarks at the EWG meeting, and had a meeting with Administrative Vice Minister of Defense Kanazawa.

Second meeting of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus Experts’ Working Group (EWG) on Military Medicine
Second meeting of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus Experts’ Working Group (EWG) on Military Medicine
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