Display of MV-22 Osprey

MV-22 Osprey

The U.S. Marine Corps’ MV-22 Osprey went on static display at the “Nyutabaru Air Festa 2013” held at ASDF Nyutabaru Air Base on December 1.

By displaying the U.S. Marines’ MV-22 Osprey at the air festival of ASDF, the MOD aimed to provide an opportunity for many people to actually see and deepen their understanding of the aircraft, which has been attracting much attention among the Japanese people. Approx. 120,000 people visited the event this year, which was far above the number of visitors last year.

MV-22 Osprey
MV-22 Osprey
Commemorative photograph session
Commemorative photograph session

Planning of National Security Strategy

Japan’s first ever “National Security Strategy” (hereinafter referred to as “the Strategy”) was approved by the National Security Council and the Cabinet meeting on December 17, 2013.

The Strategy stipulates the basic policy of Japan with regard to the national security, focused mainly in the field of diplomatic and defense policy.

The basic policy of the Strategy states that Japan will contribute even more proactively in securing peace, stability, and prosperity of the international community, while achieving its own security as well as peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, as a “Proactive Contributor to Peace” based on the principle of international cooperation.

Revision of National Defense Program Guidelines

A new guideline for the Japan’s national defense based on the National Security Strategy is precisely presented in the new “National Defense Program Guidelines” (hereinafter referred to as “the NDPG”).

Based on the National Security Strategy, the NDPG represents the basic policy on Japan’s Defense, the role of Japan’s defense force, comprehensive defense architecture, and the target level of defense force buildup. In light of the increasingly severe security environment surrounding Japan, the NDPG was newly established while there were NDPGs in FY1976, 1995, 2004, and 2010.

The focal point of the NDPG are as follows; Japan’s own efforts, Strengthening of the Japan–U.S. Alliance, and the proactive advancement of the security cooperation with various nations.

First, as for our efforts, we launched a new idea called “Dynamic Joint Defense Force,” which refers to carry out various activities seamlessly and flexibly based on joint operations in accordance with the circumstances. With consideration to the establishment of broad infrastructure for logistics support, reinforced by advanced technology and intelligence, command and communications capabilities, we will also place emphasis on acquiring readiness, sustainability, resiliency and connectivity in both material and nonmaterial aspects.

Second, the Japan–U.S. alliance constitutes to be the cornerstone for Japan’s security, and Japan will enhance our relationship furthermore. Specifically, Japan will revise the Guidelines for Japan–U.S. Defense Cooperation, while strengthening and expanding cooperation in a broad range of fields.

Third, Japan will promote a variety of cooperative initiatives in a proactive manner, especially with countries in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. In Asia, Japan will put emphasis on the relationships between the Republic of Korea, Australia, South-east Asian nations and India. Japan will promote security dialogues and exchanges with China in light of mutual understanding and enhance mutual trust with Russia. To improve the global security environment, Japan will actively promote initiatives such as international peace cooperation activities in a multi-layered manner with the European nations such as the U.K. and France.

By formulating our vision, we would like to actively present our standpoint concerning our national security to the world, and to deepen their understanding.

Mid-Term Defense Program (FY2014–FY2019)

While the new National Defense Program Guideline (NDPG) represents the standards of defense capability build-up for the next ten years, the Mid-Term Defense Program (MTDP) shows, under the policy of the NDPG, the main projects and its expenses of the first five years.

This enables us to efficiently develop highly effective joint defense capability.

We will maintain the maritime and air superiority, which is the prerequisite for effective deterrence and response to various situations, including the defense posture reinforcement in the Southwestern region. We also place a great emphasis on the logistics foundation development, and the capability to immediately deploy forces and respond to situations.

The defense expenditures which is necessary in order to execute the projects of the new MTDP is approx. 24.67 trillion yen (as of the price of FY2013). That is approx. 1.28 trillion yen increase from the previous MTDP.

Furthermore, the MOD is prepared to improve efficiency through procurement reform, and during the period of the new MTDP, we will have approx. 700 billion yen financial resources saved up.

The MOD will continuously and steadily build up its defense capabilities, based on total optimization and appropriate resource allocation in order to develop Dynamic Joint Defense Force.

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