Dawn Blitz field training exercise in the U.S.

From June 10 to 26, the Dawn Blitz field training exercise was held in the United States. For the first time, the Ministry of Defense (MOD) / the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) participated in this exercise.

During the exercise, Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels trained take off / landing and accommodation of the U.S. Osprey. On San Clemente Island and Camp Pendleton, trainings included landing training and firing using live ammunition.

This was the first time that the Ground, Maritime, and Air Self-Defense Forces participated in a Japan–U.S. bilateral joint field training held overseas. Trainings were performed under an environment resembling actual warfare. The training contributed significantly to enhancing the SDF’s joint operational capability.

Through the training, the SDF’s bilateral response capabilities with the U.S. forces were enhanced. Japan recognizes that the training contributed to further deepening and developing the Japan–U.S. defense cooperation.

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GSDF 1 company of Western Army Infantry Regiment, Western Army Western Aviation Group CH-47 JA × 2, AH-64D × 2
MSDF ATAGO”, “HYUGA”, “SHIMOKITA”, ship borne helicopters
Staff, etc. Joint Staff, Ground Staff, Air Defense Command, etc.
U.S. Navy 3rd Fleet
U.S. Marine Corps I Marine Expeditionary Force

Defense of Japan 2013 Published

Defense of Japan 2013 Published

The Defense of Japan 2013 (defense white paper) was reported on and approved at the Cabinet meeting on July 9. In principle, this 39th edition of the defense white paper published this year covers the events through the end of May 2013.

The Defense of Japan 2013 features enhanced columns, figures, and tables to inform many more people in an easy to understand way about the security environment in the vicinity of Japan, which is becoming increasingly severe, as well as the broad range of efforts undertaken by the Ministry of Defense and the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to determinedly protect the lives and property of the Japanese people and defend Japan’s land, waters, and airspace.

Part I describes Japan’s current recognition of the security environment in the vicinity of japan, bearing in mind North Korea’s provocative actions, including the launch of a missile which it calls a “Satellite” and nuclear tests, and China’s rapid expansion and intensification of activities in the waters and airspace surrounding Japan.

Part II discusses the revision of the National Defense Program Guidelines and the build-up of defense capability, in FY2013 as well as measures to strengthen the Japan–U.S. security arrangements.

Part III is focused on the domestic and overseas operations of the SDF, which is accompanied by improved figures, tables, and columns. The title for Part III, Chapter 1, which had been called “Operations of Self-Defense Forces for Defense of Japan and Responses to Diverse Situations” through last year was revised this year to “Systems to Protect Citizens’ Lives and Property and Defend Japanese Territorial Land, Waters and Airspace” in light of the chapter’s content. In addition, a new chapter was created, which describes the maintenance and strengthening of defense production and technological bases.

Following on from the previous year, an e-book version will be created to further increase the readership of the defense whitepaper. A digest version in Japanese will also be made available on smartphones from this year, which will enable the material to be presented in an easy to understand way to an even larger readership.

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