Visit by Chief of the Joint Staff to the United States

Meeting with the commander of the United States Army Pacific, Lt. Gen. Wiercinski
Meeting with the commander of the United States Army Pacific, Lt. Gen. Wiercinski

Chief of the Joint Staff, General Iwasaki visited Hawaii in the U. S. on October 2 and 3, at the official invitation of Admiral Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. On October 2, he attended meetings with Admiral Locklear and commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. On the following day, he attended meetings with the commander of the U.S. Army Pacific and the deputy commander of the U.S. Air Force.

At the meetings on both days, Japan and U.S. sides shared a common understanding on the situation in the Asia Pacific region. They also affirmed a commitment toward efforts in building and enhancing the relationship of trust between the SDF and the U.S. Army, and in promoting mutual understanding of defense policies.

Visit by Chief of Staff, Ground Self-Defense Force, to the United States

Chief of Staff, GSDF, inspected the field training exercises held by the GSDF and the U.S. Marine Corps on September 22 and 23, in Guam and Tinian. From September 24 to 28, he visited the U.S. mainland on an official invitation from the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. During the visit, he held talks with the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corp, and visited the troops and facilities of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps. Through the talks and visits, he strengthened relations between the GSDF and the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.

In the talks and roundtable discussion with the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Odierno, Chief of Staff Kimizuka shared with him a common view of strengthening defense cooperation between the GSDF and the U.S. Army, based on the Joint Statement issued by the Japan–U.S. Security Consultative Committee in April this year, and on the affirmation of Japan–U.S. defense cooperation at the Japan–U.S. Summit Meeting in May as well as at the Japan–U.S. Defense Ministerial Meetings held in August and September. Further, the two parties also recognized continued efforts to enhance trilateral cooperation between Japan, U.S., and Australia, and between Japan, U.S., and Korea. In talks with Commandant Amos of the U.S. Marine Corps, the two parties affirmed efforts to further strengthen defense cooperation between the GSDF and the U.S. Marine Corps in light of the trends of enhancing defense cooperation at the governmental level for both Japan and the U.S.

Moreover, during the visit, Chief of Staff Kimizuka was informed by Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Odierno that General Kimizuka had been conferred the Order of Commander from the U.S. Secretary of Defense for efforts to deepen Japan–U.S. cooperation, including efforts to respond to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

During this trip, Chief of Staff Kimizuka paid visits to the troops and facilities of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (Fort Leavenworth, Kansas), the U.S. Army Ⅲ Corps (Fort Hood, Texas), the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence (Fort Sills, Oklahoma), and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force of the U.S. Marine Corps (Fort Pendleton, California), in order to gain a better understanding of actual conditions. At the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Chief of Staff Kimizuka, a graduate of the College, addressed current students about leadership and the importance of Japan–U.S. cooperation, based on his experiences as an officer deployed in the Joint Task Force Tohoku in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. This served as a contribution to the leadership education of the College, and helped to further enhance mutual understanding between the GSDF and the U.S. Army.

Chief of Staff Kimizuka in meeting with Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Odierno
Chief of Staff Kimizuka in meeting with Chief of Staff
of the U.S. Army, General Odierno
Chief of Staff Kimizuka delivering a speech
Chief of Staff Kimizuka delivering a speech
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