MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Japan–Russia Defense Ministerial Meeting / Japan–Russia 2+2 Meeting / Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Abe by Russian Representatives

Japan–Russia Defense Ministerial Meeting / Japan–Russia 2+2 Meeting / Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Abe by Russian Representatives

Japan–Russia Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan’s Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera met with the Honorable Minister of Defense Shoigu Sergei Kuzhugetovich at the Ministry of Defense on November 1, to discuss future Japan–Russia defense cooperation and exchange as well as defense policy.

During the meeting, which was held in Tokyo for the first time in 10 years, both defense ministers talked about mutual defense policy and training exercises with other countries in terms of the security situation in the Asia-Pacific Region. They also agreed to hold continued discussions in order to foster greater trust and understanding between the two defense ministries. Both parties had a frank exchange of views for further development of Japan–Russia defense cooperation and exchange, and agreed to move forward with the following defense cooperation and exchange initiatives.

  • Regular mutual visits by both defense ministers
  • Establishment of Japan–Russian Navy-to-Navy Staff Talks
  • Cooperation in the field of defense medicine
  • Regular Ground-to-Ground unit exchange and mutual dispatch of training observers
  • Initiation of discussions for the early dispatch of ASDF transport aircraft
  • Discussions and information sharing related to cooperation in UN peacekeeping cooperation
  • Initiation of discussion on sports exchange opportunities

Japan–Russia 2+2 Meeting

Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida and Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera met with their Russian counterparts the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs Lavrov Sergey Viktorovich and the Honorable Minister of Defense Shoigu Sergei Kuzhugetovich during the Japan–Russia Foreign and Defense Ministers Meeting (“2+2”) in Tokyo on November 2. During the meeting, the four ministers talked about national security and defense policy based on the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region, cooperation in multilateral frameworks in the region, and the deployment of the missile defense system in the region. They agreed to move forward with the following cooperation.

(1) Counterterrorism and anti-piracy measures

  • Joint counterterrorism and anti-piracy exercise between the MSDF and the Russian Navy
  • Joint training exercises involving the anti-piracy units of both countries in the Gulf of Aden
  • Joint human resource development project for combating the drug trade in Afghanistan at the Domodedovo Interior Ministry Personnel Training Center

(2) Defense exchange

  • Regular mutual visits by both defense ministers
  • Establishment of Japan–Russian Navy-to-Navy Staff Talks
  • Cooperation in the field of defense medicine (cooperation in the hygiene field of humanitarian assistance/disaster relief)
  • Regular Ground-to-Ground unit exchange and mutual dispatch of training observers
  • Initiation of discussions for the early dispatch of ASDF transport aircraft

(3) Meetings and discussions

  • Establishment and regular hosting of the Japan–Russia Cyber Security Meeting
  • Discussions and information sharing on peacekeeping operations during Military-Military Talks
  • Initiation of discussion on sports exchange opportunities

Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Abe by Russian Representatives

Minister of Foreign Affairs Lavrov Sergey Viktorovich and the Minister of Defense Shoigu Sergei Kuzhugetovich from the Russian Federation made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on November 2, during their trip to Japan. Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida and Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera also attended the courtesy call.

The 18th Tokyo Defense Forum and 3rd TDF Seminar

The 18th Tokyo Defense Forum and 3rd TDF Seminar

The MOD hosted the 18th Tokyo Defense Forum (TDF) and the 3rd TDF Seminar in Tokyo from October 29 to 31.

The Tokyo Defense Forum is an international conference that has been organized every year by the MOD since 1996 for defense officials from the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) member states. The Director-General for International Affairs of the MOD chairs the Forum, while officers in charge of defense policy (Director-General of Defense Ministries and General-class Officers) from the Asia-Pacific Region participate in the Forum. During the Forum, discussions are held on national defense policy, etc. to improve mutual understanding and transparency (see note)*.

Taking into account that Japan together with Laos will co-chair the Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief Experts’ Working Group of the ASEAN Defense Ministerial Meeting (ADMM-Plus) from next April, the Forum was held under the theme of “The progress of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region”. Director-General for International Affairs Yamamoto chaired this year’s forum and discussions were held based on presentations by participating countries on the role that regional frameworks, such as ARF and ADMM-Plus, should play to promote multi-lateral cooperation in the fields of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as well as peace-time domestic efforts to pave for HA/DR.

TDF seminar on the cyber security was also held with experts in the field as panelists. Additionally Director-General level bilateral meetings between participating countries were conducted at the occasion of the Forum.

* Invited countries and organizations: Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, East Timor, the United States, Vietnam, ASEAN Secretariat, the EU, ICRC and OCHA

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