MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Vice-Minister of Defense Eto Visits Italy

Vice Minister of Defense Eto shaking hands with Italian Minister of Defense Mauro
Vice Minister of Defense Eto shaking hands with
Italian Minister of Defense Mauro
Vice Minister of Defense Eto shaking hands with Italian Defense General Staff Mantelli
Vice Minister of Defense Eto shaking hands with
Italian Defense General Staff Mantelli

Vice-Minister of Defense Akinori Eto visited Italy from May 1 to May 4, where he held discussions with defense officials and visited the Italian Armed Forces.

During the courtesy call on the Italian Minister of Defense Mario Mauro by Mr. Eto, both parties exchanged views on Japan–Italy defense exchanges and the regional situation, and concurred on continuing to hold bilateral discussions. Mr. Mauro remarked that this was the first official meeting as a defense minister since the Ministers of new Italian government were congressionaly approved recently. He promised that the new government would provide full-hedged support to the Japan–Italy defense exchanges promoted under previous administrations.

Mr. Eto expressed his congratulations to the Minister of Defense on his appointment and his appreciation for Italy’s support provided in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake. He also stated that Japan would like to promote defense exchanges with the “Statement of Intent by the Ministers of Defense of the Italian Republic and Japan” signed last year as a guideline.

During the discussion with Chief of the Italian Defense General Staff Luigi Mantelli, both parties exchanged views on the regional situation and defense exchanges and concurred on promoting concrete cooperation and exchange items. They also concurred on further discussing on cooperation in the fields of cyber security and maritime security including anti-piracy operations.

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Akira Sato Visits South Sudan and Djibouti

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Sato visited dispatched Self-Defense Forces unit
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Sato visited
dispatched Self-Defense Forces unit

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Akira Sato visited South Sudan and Djibouti from April 26 to 29, where he held discussions with UNMISS and local officials, and also visited dispatched Self-Defense Force unit.

During his visit to South Sudan, Mr. Sato had a courtesy call on President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Vice President Riek Machar where he provided a briefing on the activities of the Japanese UNMISS unit and the possible expansion of their presence. He also expressed his thanks for the Government of South Sudan’s cooperation in these activities and requested that to ensure the security of Japanese unit. Both the President and the Vice president stated that they welcomed the assistance being provided by Japan.

Mr. Sato also met Force Commander Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Political Affairs Raisedon Zenenga where they broadly discussed UNMISS activities in the region and the future structure of UNMISS.

During his visit to Djibouti, Mr. Sato traveled to the operational base of the Deployment Air Force for Counter Piracy Enforcement to check operations and provide a word of encouragement to personnel fulfilling their mission under a harsh environment.

Mr. Sato also had a courtesy call on Djibouti Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed and Minister of Defense Hassan Darar Houffaneh where he expressed his appreciation to the Government of Djibouti for assisting with the smooth operation of Deployment Air Force for Counter Piracy Enforcement activities and for allowing Japanese destroyers to call on its port. Both parties discussed the current status of anti-piracy operations and agreed on further developing the sound bilateral relationship that has been built through these operations.

Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Office Iwasaki Meets U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dempsey

Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Office Shigeru Iwasaki met U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey on April 26 in Tokyo, where they discussed the security environment in the Asia-Pacific region and deepening of the Japan–U.S. Alliance.

Both parties reaffirmed that the Japan–U.S. Alliance is absolutely essential to the security of Japan and the United States as well as to the peace, stability and economic prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr. Iwasaki and Mr. Dempsy agreed that the JSDF and U.S. Military should maintain the strong bond developed over the many years of the Japan–U.S. Alliance, while also striving to continue to share information and ensure the effective joint Japan–U.S. responses in order to effectively cope with shared security issues.

Both parties also reaffirmed that the JSDF and U.S. Military should work closely together against North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile threats. In addition, both shared the awareness that the strategic intention of China’s increased military strength must be made more transparent to avoid friction or misunderstandings with neighboring countries in the region.

Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Office Iwasaki shaking hands with U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dempsey
Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Office Iwasaki shaking hands
with U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dempsey
U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dempsey also had a courtesy call on Defense Minister Onodera
U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dempsey also had
a courtesy call on Defense Minister Onodera

GSDF Chief of Staff Kimizuka Meets German Army Chief of Staff Kasdorf

German Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Bruno Kasdorf had a courtesy call on GSDF Chief of Staff Kimizuka on April 17, where they talked about defense cooperation involving both countries.

Mr. Kimizuka and Mr. Kasdorf discussed further cooperation between the GSDF and German Army in international peace cooperation activities and other topics.

Also, Mr. Kasdorf visited the Fuji School and JGSDF Central Readiness Force where he was able to learn more about the GSDF activities, heightening expectations for further cooperation between the GSDF and German Army.

GSDF Chief of Staff Kimizuka welcoming German Army Chief of Staff Kasdorf to Japan
GSDF Chief of Staff Kimizuka welcoming
German Army Chief of Staff Kasdorf to Japan
GSDF Chief of Staff Kimizuka shaking hands with German Army Chief of Staff Kasdorf
GSDF Chief of Staff Kimizuka shaking hands with
German Army Chief of Staff Kasdorf
  • back
  • next