U.S. Ambassador Kennedy pays a Courtesy Call on Defense Minister Onodera

U.S. Ambassador Kennedy pays a Courtesy Call on Defense Minister Onodera

On November 21, U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy visited the Ministry of Defense for a meeting with Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera.

Defense Minister Onodera begun by offering his congratulations on her appointment as Ambassador as well as conveyed his gratitude for Operation Tomodachi following the Great East Japan Earthquake and the exchange program between the U.S. Marines corps and children of Oshima Island.

Regarding the importance of the Japan–U.S. Alliance, both recognized that the presence of the U.S. military and Japan–U.S. cooperation, including disaster relief efforts conducted by the U.S. Marines and Japan Self-Defense Forces in the Philippines at that time, serve as important regional assets in Asia.

Administrative Vice-Defense Minister attends the Seoul Defense Dialogue and Japan–ROK Defense Vice-ministerial Meeting

On November 13, Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Nishi attended the Seoul Defense Dialogue organized by the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea (ROK). He also had a Japan–ROK defense vice-ministerial meeting held at the Ministry of National Defense with his counterpart Vice-Defense Minister Baek Seung-joo, which was held for the first time in two years.

During the meeting, the two Vice-Defense Ministers discussed about Japan–ROK defense cooperation and exchanges as well as the situation in North Korea. Mr. Nishi also explained about Japan’s initiatives to secure its national security, including the revision of its National Defense Program Guidelines.

The MOD is committed to explaining Japan’s defense policy so as to building up a relationship of trust and mutual understanding as well as strengthen more specific defense cooperation with the ROK.

MSDF Chief of Staff Takes Part in International Symposium on Maritime Security

For 11 days starting on December 9, MSDF Chief of Staff Kawano took part in an international symposium on maritime safety held in Indonesia by the Indonesian Navy. The participation in this symposium offered the opportunity for each country to exchange views on maritime security issues and their respective challenges, while encouraging and advancing mutual understanding and trust among countries.

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