Participation in Pacific Partnership 2013

The Ministry of Defense and the SDF will be participating in Pacific Partnership 2013, hosted by the Kingdom of Tonga and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.

The Pacific Partnership launched in 2007 is an activity organized by the United States Armed Forces, and involves the visit to countries in the Asia Pacific region by ships. In cooperation with the militaries of each country, international organizations, and NGOs, the traveling contingent provides medical treatment and engages in cultural exchanges with the aim of strengthening collaboration between the participating countries and facilitating future international disaster relief activities.

The Japanese team is scheduled to operate in Tonga in June and in Papua New Guinea in July both for about ten days.

Introducing lessons of the Great East Japan Earthquake
Introducing lessons of the Great East Japan Earthquake
Dental guidance
Dental guidance

Entry into force of the Japan–Australia Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA)

An exchange of diplomatic notes necessary to give effect to the Japan–Australia Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) was conducted in Canberra on January 31, and the Agreement entered into Force on the same day.

This agreement concluded between Japan and Australia stipulates the basic conditions for the mutual provision of the goods and services necessary for the implementation of joint exercises by the SDF or the Australian Defence Force.

The entry into force of the agreement promotes close cooperation between the SDF and the Australian Defence Force and contributes to the further strengthening of Japan–Australia relations.

Japan–U.S.–Republic of Korea Defense Trilateral Talks (DTT)

The Japan–U.S.–Republic of Korea Defense Trilateral Talks (DTT) was held at the director-general level on January 30 and 31 at the Ministry of Defense.

DTT discussed a wide variety of trilateral cooperative efforts, such as information sharing with regard to regional security situation including North Korea, Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster relief, and non-proliferation.

The defense authorities of Japan, the United States, and Republic of Korea confirmed their commitment toward working closely together on the North Korea issue.

The Ministry of Defense continues information sharing and exchanging views on policies with the United States and Republic of Korea.

Draft defense budget for fiscal 2013

In consideration of the increasingly difficult security environment and lessons drawn from the Great East Japan Earthquake, 4,680.4 billion yen has been allocated for defense-related expenses in the draft budget for fiscal year 2013 with the aim of strengthening the defense posture for Japan’s land, sea, and air as well as the lives and property of its citizens. The amount of defense-related expenses increased by 35.1 billion from the previous year. This is the first time in 11 years that the amount of defense-related expenses has been increased.

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