Participation in Pacific Partnership 2013

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Q1 What is the Pacific Partnership?

A1.The Pacific Partnership is the name given to activities hosted by the U.S. forces that started in 2007. The activities are aimed at strengthening mutual collaboration among nations participating and promoting smooth implementation of international disaster relief activities, while visiting countries in the Asia-Pacific region by vessels, and provide medical care and conduct cultural exchanges with local residents in cooperation with governments, militaries, international organizations, and civilian organizations such as NGOs.

Q2 What is the significance of participating in the Pacific Partnership?

A2.It is expected that by providing medical services and transporting supplies and other goods, participation in the Pacific Partnership will serve the purpose such as improving our skills in the fields of medical care, transport operations in international emergency disaster relief, international peace cooperation operations and acquiring expertise to coordinate and collaborate with civilian organizations.

Moreover, we believe it will promote mutual understanding and cooperation among participating nations and improve the international security environment through conducting medical care and exchanges among military and civilian personnel.

Q3 How has the Ministry of Defense been involved in the Pacific Partnership?

A3.The Ministry of Defense (MOD) has deployed its personnel from the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) annually and participated in medical activities since 2007.

In 2010, the MOD deployed SDF troops for the first time, and an MSDF transport vessel KUNISAKI and a medical team from the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) (approx. 50 people, including medical officers, dental officers, pharmaceutical officers, nurses, and pharmacists) participated. The SDF also cooperated with civilian organizations such as NGOs (22 members from four organizations) to carry out medical activities and cultural exchanges in Vietnam and Cambodia.

In 2011, the size of the deployment was reduced due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Several medical officers, dental officers, nurses, and pharmacists were deployed to East Timor and Micronesia and carried out medical activities and public health education.

In 2012, an SDF transport aircraft was deployed for the first time. In addition, an SDF medical team (approx. 40 personnel), MSDF transport vessel (OSUMI), and NGOs and other organizations (2 organizations and 19 individuals) were deployed to the Philippines and Vietnam and carried out medical activities and public health education.

Q4 Did the MOD participate in the Pacific Partnership in 2013?

A4.Yes, the MOD and SDF conducted activities in Tonga (June 12-22) and Papua New Guinea (June 25-July 6). Medical personnel from the GSDF, MSDF, and ASDF (approx. 40 personnel), an MSDF escort vessel YAMAGIRI, and an ASDF transport aircraft were deployed.

Q5 What were the specific activities of the Pacific Partnership in 2013?

A5.Traveling medical clinics, exchange of views, and education were among the activities conducted at medical activity bases (e.g., hospital, school). In addition to the provision of medical services in partnership with participating militaries (e.g., Australia, Canada, New Zealand),

including the U.S. forces and NGOs, public health education was offered to local residents and medical staff to ensure that the short-term medical activities have long-lasting effect.

Also, the participants joined in cultural exchanges with local residents.

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