Defense Activities

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MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Chief of Staff, GSDF, visits Indonesia and Thailand, and Chief of Staff, ASDF, visits Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia
Chief of Staff, GSDF, visits Indonesia and Thailand, and Chief of Staff, ASDF, visits Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia
From January 26 to 30, Chief of Staff, GSDF, visited Indonesia, which has been exercising its leadership in the ASEAN region.
Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Kanazawa visits the United Kingdom and Spain
Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Kanazawa visits the United Kingdom and Spain
From January 21 to 26, Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Kanazawa visited the United Kingdom and Spain.

SPECIAL FEATURE

40th year of ASEAN–Japan friendship and cooperation
40th year of ASEAN?Japan friendship and cooperation
Exchanges between Japan and ASEAN started in 1973 with the establishment of the ASEAN–Japan forum on synthetic rubber.

ACTIVITIES

Participation in Pacific Partnership 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.

COLUMN

Introduction to a historical building Hokuyo-kan (Mutsu city, Aomori Prefecture)
Introduction to a historical building Hokuyo-kan (Mutsu city, Aomori Prefecture)
Hokuyo-kan was built in 1916 as a social hub for marine officers in the Oominato Yoko unit of the Imperial Japanese Navy.