Defense Activities

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CONTENTS

MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Ministerial Succession Ceremony
Ministerial Succession Ceremony
With the coming in of the second Abe administration, Itsunori Onodera, Member of the House of Representatives, was appointed as the 12th Minister of Defense on December 26, 2012.
Ministerial succession ceremony held for Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense and Parliamentary Vice-Ministers of Defense
Ministerial succession ceremony held for Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense and Parliamentary Vice-Ministers of Defense
The second Abe administration was launched on December 26, 2012.
Chief of Staff, GSDF hosted Japan–U.S. Senior Level Seminar
Chief of Staff, GSDF hosted Japan?U.S. Senior Level Seminar
The 23rd Senior Level Seminar (SLS) was held on December 14 and 15 at the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo.

ACTIVITIES

International Peace Cooperation Assignment Operations in the Golan Heights
International Peace Cooperation Assignment Operations in the Golan Heights
Since the first dispatch in February 1996, Japan has continued to dispatch a total of approximately 1,500 personnel throughout the past 17 years.
Transfer of the SDF materials and equipment in Haiti
With the withdrawal of the SDF from the Haiti peacekeeping operations (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)), Japanese personnel have since returned to Japan.
Dispatch of Instructor to the Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa
Dispatch of Instructor to the Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa
From December 15 to 19, 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Takeshi Nakano was dispatched as an Instructor to the Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa, based in the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Commencement of capacity-building projects in Cambodia
Commencement of capacity-building projects in Cambodia
With the objectives of further stabilizing the security environment of the Asia Pacific region and improving the global security environment, the Ministry of Defense will utilize its knowledge and experience in active support of efforts in capability enhancement and human resource development for the military or organizations of the countries concerned, in the area of non-traditional security including humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
Aerial activities of Japanese P-3C patrol aircraft off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

TOPICS

1st Airborne Brigade’s FIRST JUMP DRILL OF 2013
1st Airborne Brigade’s FIRST JUMP DRILL OF 2013
On January 13, the GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade commenced this year’s jump training at Camp Narashino in Chiba Prefecture.

COLUMN

Introduction to equipment NBC reconnaissance vehicle
Introduction to equipment NBC reconnaissance vehicle
Test production of the NBC reconnaissance vehicle has been commenced in FY 2005 by the Technical Research and Development Institute, as a successor to the GSDF’s chemical defense and biological reconnaissance vehicles.
NIDS China Security Report
NIDS China Security Report
The National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) published the NIDS China Security Report 2012 on December 19, 2012.