Chief of Staff, GSDF, visits Indonesia and Thailand, and Chief of Staff, ASDF, visits Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia

Exchanging views with Indonesian Army Chief of Staff, General Pramono
Exchanging views with Indonesian Army Chief of Staff, General Pramono

From January 26 to 30, Chief of Staff, GSDF, visited Indonesia, which has been exercising its leadership in the ASEAN region. During the visit, he exchanged views with the Indonesian Army Chief of Staff. In the meeting, they discussed the exchange of personnel such as young military leaders and cooperation in order to deal with issues in non-traditional fields of security, among other issues. The visit cemented relations between the Japanese and Indonesian ground forces. After that, the Chief of Staff, GSDF, visited Thailand from January 30 to February 2, where he exchanged views with the Commander of the Royal Thai Army and other officials, and inspected troops. Building on the foundations of human resource exchanges that have been established thus far, this high-level visit and exchange served as an opportunity to discuss efforts aimed at improving cooperative ties and contributed to strengthening the relationship between the Japanese and Thai ground forces.

Exchanging views with Commander of the Royal Thai Army, General Thanasak (in Thailand)
Exchanging views with Commander of the Royal Thai Army,
General Thanasak (in Thailand)
Paying a courtesy call on the Minister of Defence (in Thailand)
Paying a courtesy call on the Minister of Defence (in Thailand)

From January 23 to February 1, Chief of Staff, ASDF, visited Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. As part of this high-level exchange, he visited the defense ministers, army commanders, air force commanders, and air force troops of each country, and exchanged views on air defense and security. Through these activities, the visit served to enrich and strengthen mutual trust and cooperative ties.

Exchanging views with Commander of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, General Rodzali (in Malaysia)
Exchanging views with Commander of the Royal Malaysian Air Force,
General Rodzali (in Malaysia)
Paying a courtesy call on the Minister of Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (in Singapore)
Paying a courtesy call on the Minister of Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen
(in Singapore)

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.

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On January 22, Mr. Kanazawa paid a courtesy call to Minister of State, The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Dr. Andrew Murrison, at the UK Ministry of Defence. He also exchanged views with Permanent Under Secretary, Jon Thompson.

Mr. Kanazawa stated that despite the distance between Japan and the UK, the two countries share strong historical ties and have many things in common as democracy. He also stated that defense cooperation between the two countries has been advancing based on the joint declaration made in April last year during Prime Minister Cameron’s visit to Japan.

Dr. Murrison stated that Japan is an extremely important partner for the UK, and expressed his strong interest in engaging in defense cooperation with Japan in areas including defense equipment and cyberdefense issues. Mr. Robathan and Mr. Thompson stated similar remarks.

The two sides concurred on continuing to share information, as well as deepening Japan–UK defense cooperation at various levels.

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On January 24, Mr. Kanazawa paid a courtesy call to Minister of Defence Morenes at the Spanish Ministry of Defence, and exchanged views with the Secretary General for Defence Policy Alvavgonzalez.

Mr. Kanazawa expressed his delight in being able to visit Spain for the first time as the Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense in this milestone year, which marks the 400th anniversary of exchanges between Japan and Spain. He also stated that there is much potential for defense exchanges between Japan and Spain, and it is important for both countries, which share common values, to deepen mutual understanding.

Mr. Morenes stated that the two countries are great nations positioned in the Far East and in the West of Europe. He expressed his desire to develop strong ties with Japan, and stated that friendly ties between the two countries could serve as a positive message for security in Asia and Africa. In the dialogue with Mr. Alvavgonzalez, Mr. Kanazawa also discussed the regional situation and the potential of Japan–Spain defense exchange.

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Spain
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