Defense Activities

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ACTIVITIES

Regarding Japanese Response to North Korea’s missile
Regarding Japanese Response to North Korea’s missile
For the launch of North Korea’s missile purported to be a “satellite,” then Defense Minster Morimoto issued on December 7 “Order concerning the implementation of destruction measures against ballistic missiles” in order to make preparation should the missile fall.
Commencement of Capacity Building Project in East Timor
Commencement of Capacity Building Project in East Timor
With regard to capacity building projects, Japan’s National Defense Program Guidelines clearly stipulate Japan’s support for capacity building initiatives for Asia-Pacific nations in the field of non-traditional security, with the aim of stabilizing the region.
Icebreaker “Shirase” Leaves Port
Icebreaker “Shirase” Leaves Port
The MSDF will carry out the 54th Japan Antarctic Research Expedition on board the icebreaker “Shirase” from November 11, 2012, to April 10, 2013.

MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Visits Mongolia
Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Visits Mongolia
Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Kanazawa visited Mongolia for the first time in his capacity as Administrative Vice-Minister from November 14 to 16.
Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Visits Vietnam
Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Visits Vietnam
Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Kanazawa visited Vietnam from November 25 to 27.
15th Annual Chiefs of Defense Conference (CHOD)
15th Annual Chiefs of Defense Conference (CHOD)
From November 5 to 8, Chief of Joint Staff Iwasaki attended the 15th Annual Chiefs of Defense Conference (CHOD) in Sydney, Australia.

TOPICS

The Self-Defense Forces Marching Festival 2012
The Self-Defense Forces Marching Festival 2012
The SDF Marching Festival was held at the Nippon Budokan on November 16 and 17.

SPECIAL FEATURE

Japan–India Defense Cooperation and Exchanges
Japan?India Defense Cooperation and Exchanges
Q1. What is the significance of the defense cooperation and exchanges with India?
A1. India is located in the center of sea lanes which connect Japan with the Middle East and Africa, making it an extremely important country in a geopolitical sense for Japan which relies on maritime transportation for most of its trade.

COLUMN

Introduction to a historical building
Large auditorium of the Navy Memorial Hall (large auditorium of the former Naval Engineering College)
Introduction to a historical building Large auditorium of the Navy Memorial Hall (large auditorium of the former Naval Engineering College)
The auditorium was built on Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, in 1933 as a ceremonial venue, where the Naval Engineering College ceremonies or other celemonies have been held.