Multinational Cooperation Program in the Asia Pacific (MCAP 12)

Meeting in MCAP 12
Meeting in MCAP 12
Group photograph of delegates
Group photograph of delegates

The Multinational Cooperation Program in the Asia Pacific (MCAP12) was held from September 25 to 29.

Through the initiative of the GSDF, with their high level of ability to respond to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) needs, the Program aims to promote concrete multilateral cooperation and measures in order to contribute to improving the security environment of the region. To that end, the army representatives from 22 countries, observers from U.K. and France, and eight civilian organizations including international organizations and NGOs gathered in Tokyo, and enthusiastically discussed measures that can be taken during peacetime, in preparation for large-scale disasters. These efforts helped to enhance the cooperative relations between the respective participating countries, centered around the GSDF.

The MCAP is a multilateral conference hosted by the GSDF. Since the inaugural convention in 2002, the event has been held every year for 10 years. Over the years, many discussions have been held on topics such as HA/DR. In consideration of the history of these past 10 years, MCAP 12, which represents the first step toward a new decade, focused on the theme of peacetime measures that can be taken by armies in preparation for large-scale disasters. Table-top exercises were conducted based on simulations, and participants shared awareness on the importance of familiarizing themselves with legal frameworks and different cultures during peacetime, as well as the importance of MCAP itself as a peacetime framework.

The Asia Pacific countries that attended MCAP 12 are as follows: Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, East Timor, Tonga, Singapore, Sri Lanka, U.S., and Vietnam. Civilian organizations that attended MCAP 12 are as follows: United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, World Food Programme, International Committee of the Red Cross, Japan Platform, Peace Winds Japan, AMDA, Doctors Without Borders, and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention.

The Ministry of Defense and the Self-Defense Forces participate in “Eastern Endeavor 12,” a PSI maritime interdiction exercise hosted by the Republic of Korea

The MOD and the SDF participated in a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) maritime interdiction exercise hosted by the Republic of Korea on September 26 and 27.

The MOD and the SDF dispatched the destroyer “Amagiri,” (carrying one helicopter) and a fixed-wing patrol aircraft “P-3C.” Personnel from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Coast Guard were also sent for the exercise.

The PSI is a framework that aims to interdict the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and related substances such as parts and raw materials, which threaten the peace and stability of the global community. Under the framework, participating countries review and implement possible measures (such as stemming transportation and delivery activities) within the scope of international law and the domestic laws of each country.

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