ACTIVITIES

Joint Disaster Response Exercise with U.S. Forces TREX -Tomodachi Rescue Exercise-

Joint Disaster Response Exercise with U.S. Forces TREX -Tomodachi Rescue Exercise-
Joint Disaster Response Exercise with U.S. Forces TREX -Tomodachi Rescue Exercise-

The FY2013 Joint Disaster Response Exercise with U.S. Forces, “TREX” was conducted on February 7 covering the Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu areas surrounding Japan’s sea and airspace.

The purpose of this exercise was to establish cooperation procedures with the U.S. Forces during a response to disaster, enhancing the disaster response capabilities as cooperation of the U.S. Forces in Japan is significant for effective responses to disaster. This exercise also aims to ensure efficient disaster relief activities based on the “SDF Plan for Nankai Trough Earthquake” created in December 2013.

Due to the bad weather, participation from the U.S. side was eventually canceled and the exercise was scaled down.

The exercise’s scenario envisioned major damages in Kochi Prefecture following an earthquake along the Nankai Trough and included maritime search and rescue operations, transportation of emergency persons by rotorcraft, and emergency medical training exercises on the destroyer “Hyuga,” while collaborating with the Kochi DMAT (Disaster medical Assistance Team).

Status of Scrambles through the Third Quarter

Status of Scrambles through the Third Quarter

The ASDF scrambled 563 times during the first three quarters of FY2013, which marked a major increase of 214 times compared to the same period of the previous year. The breakdown of countries and regions was 51% against Chinese aircraft, 44% against Russian aircraft, and 5% against North Korean and other aircraft, although countries and region also includes supposition.

Characteristics of Responses through the Third Quarter of FY2013

The ASDF scrambled against Chinese aircraft 287 times during the first three quarters, an increase of 127 times compared to the same period of the previous year. Eleven cases of scrambles during the third quarter were made public as a remarkable case.

The ASDF scrambled against Russian aircraft 246 times during the first three quarters, which was an increase of 66 times compared to the same period of the previous year. Eleven cases of scrambles during the third quarter were made public as a peculiar case.

There were relatively many cases of scrambles against Russian patrol aircraft and Chinese fighter aircraft, compared to those against each country’s other types of aircraft.

NIDS China Security Report 2013 Published

NIDS China Security Report 2013 Published

Distributed widely in Japan and overseas, the NIDS China Security Report analyzes China’s security policy and military trends from the mid- to long-term perspective.

This fourth issue focuses on crisis management in China. The report begins with an overview of Chinese mechanisms for decision-making and execution for international crisis management and shows how Beijing regards unified decision-making as important. Reviewing some research on Chinese crisis management, the report considers Beijing’s intellectual process and concepts that lie behind deciding their response to crises. The study also analyzes how Beijing is preparing to prevent the occurrence of external crises and how they react to an actual crisis, with a particular focus on Sino–U.S. relations as a case study.

The report is available in Japanese, English and Chinese language versions on National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) website.

The views expressed in the report are those of NIDS researchers based on their independent research and do not necessarily represent those of the Ministry of Defense.

(http://www.nids.go.jp/publication/chinareport/index.html)

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