MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Defense Minister Onodera visits Guam

On May 29, Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera visited U.S. military facilities on Guam such as Apra Harbor and Andersen Air Force Base, where part of U.S. Marine Corps forces in Okinawa is supposed to be relocated and facilities for the relocation are being developed. He confirmed that the projects for the relocation were in steady progress.

In addition, Mr. Onodera met with Guam Governor Eddie Calvo to discuss such matters as the project for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps forces in Okinawa to Guam. The Governor stated that he supports an early relocation of U.S. Marine Corps forces in Okinawa to Guam.

The relocation of U.S. Marine Corps forces in Okinawa to Guam is an important measure to mitigate the impact of U.S. forces on local communities in Okinawa. Both Japan and the U.S. are developing facilities required for the relocation, bearing appropriate shares of the cost respectively, under the bilaterally agreed policy to implement the early relocation.

Also, Mr. Onodera visited an U.S. unit equipped with Global Hawks, engaged in surveillance activities, and THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System) battery deployed in Guam. They are front-line units of the United States Pacific Command whose AOR (area of responsibility) covers this region. He confirmed U.S. forces’ efforts to ensure peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

MSDF Chief of Staff visits Singapore

Chief of Staff, MSDF, Katsutoshi Kawano visited Singapore from May 13 to May 16 to take part in the International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (IMDEX). IMDEX is held every other year in Singapore and this year maritime defense officials from around 50 countries attended.

Mr. Kawano held discussions with various maritime chiefs of staff and gave a presentation on the topic of “Strong Connections made at Sea” at the International Maritime Security Conference. During this presentation he introduced various examples of how the MSDF is working for the stability of maritime security to maritime officials from around the world in attendance.



Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff visits South Sudan and Djibouti

Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Iwasaki giving instructions at Japan’s unit camp
Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Iwasaki
giving instructions at Japan’s unit camp

Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff General Shigeru Iwasaki visited South Sudan, Uganda and Djibouti between May 19 and May 24, where he visited the units dispatched as part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and units dispatched for anti-piracy activities.

Mr. Iwasaki also held discussions with the military leaders of South Sudan, Djibouti and Ethiopia, as well as U.N officials, including the Special Representative and military commander of UNMISS, U.S. and French commanders dispatched to Djibouti and Japan’s ambassador to each of these countries. During these visits, he checked the security situation in each location and was able to help strengthen the foundation for facilitating the activities of dispatched units.

Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff visits Brunei

Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Iwasaki and Commander Royal Brunei Armed Forces Major General Aminuddin
Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Iwasaki
and Commander Royal Brunei Armed Forces
Major General Aminuddin

Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff General Shigeru Iwasaki made an official visit to Brunei from June 2 to 6 at the invitation of Commander Royal Brunei Armed Forces Major General Aminuddin.

During their meeting, both parties discussed Japan–Brunei defense cooperation and exchanges as well as the security situation in the Asia Pacific region. They also confirmed the importance of cooperation under ADMM-Plus and agreed to move forward with closer cooperation going forward.

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