JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.51
ACTIVITIES

5th Japan–ASEAN Defense Vice-Ministerial Meeting

5th Japan–ASEAN Defense Vice-Ministerial Meeting
5th Japan–ASEAN Defense Vice-Ministerial Meeting

The MOD held the 5th Japan–ASEAN Defense Vice-Ministerial Meeting in Okinawa on February 18th, 2014. Mr. Masanori Nishi, Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense, chaired the meeting. Vice-Ministerial level and other officials from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and ASEAN Secretariat participated in the meeting.

During the meeting, they exchanged frank and constructive opinions under the theme of “Future Direction of Capacity Building Efforts” and “Possible Equipment-technology Cooperation among Japan and ASEAN Member States to Respond to Non-traditional Security Issues.”

Outline of discussion on
“Future Direction of Capacity Building Efforts”

  • Participants pointed out that there were capacity gaps among countries in the region in the field of Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief and Maritime Security, which are shared issues in the region and that those gaps should be addressed in the future through personnel development, joint exercises, etc.
  • Participants noted that activities in the Expert Working Groups (EWGs) under the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) were quite useful to share expertise and experiences in the field of non-traditional security and that it would be important to promote practical cooperation further among concerned nations through activities in the EWGs.

Outline of discussion on “Possible Equipment-technology Cooperation among Japan and ASEAN Member States to Respond to Non-traditional Security Issues”

  • Participants stressed importance of capabilities such as Early Warning/Detection, Information Sharing/Communication, Transportation, etc. and expressed their expectations toward equipment-technology cooperation among Japan and ASEAN member states in these areas. All agreed to explore direction of cooperation in future.
  • Some pointed out that sharing expertise through joint exercises and equipment exhibitions, exchanges of views at expert talks, etc. would be critical toward cooperation in the area of equipment and technology.

“Ministry of Defense Symposium”
Defense of Japan ~New National Defense Program Guideline~

“Ministry of Defense Symposium” Defense of Japan ~New National Defense Program Guideline~

The “Ministry of Defense Symposium” was held on February 26th by the Ministry of Defense. While welcoming Toshio Shimada, NHK news commentary chief editor as a moderator, panel discussion took place by four invited panelists after an opening speech by Itsunori Onodera, Minister of Defense, and keynote address by Hideshi Tokuchi, Director General of Bureau of Defense Policy.

Lively discussion took place over two hours including the opinions and challenges of the new National Defense Program Guideline, defense posture of our country, and Japan’s role to secure the peace of the world.

Graduation Ceremony of the National Defense Academy

Graduation Ceremony of the National Defense Academy

On March 22nd, a graduation ceremony was held at the National Defense Academy in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The National Defense Academy is the only academic institution of higher learning in Japan that educates and trains cadets who will be officers of the Ground, Maritime, and Air Self-Defense Forces.

The graduation ceremony is traditionally held with the attendance of the Defense Minister and the Prime Minister, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the SDF. The Prime Minister directly addresses the graduates regarding the expected roles of SDF personnel, as they in the future will become the core members of the SDF.

Graduation Ceremony of the National Defense Academy
Ryosei Kokubun, President of the NDA
Ryosei Kokubun, President of the NDA
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