JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.51
MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden holds talks with Minister of Defense

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden holds talks with Minister of Defense

On February 26th, Defense Minister Onodera held a conference with H.E. Mr. Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden who was on a working visit to Japan.

In the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Onodera expressed his welcome to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, and remarked on the security environment of East Asia region.

A memorandum on defense cooperation was signed in late December last year, which indicates that bilateral relations between Japan and Sweden are going very well, and Foreign Minister Bildt showed his hope regarding further defense cooperation between the two countries.

The ministers also exchanged views on the situation in East Asia, including topics on China and North Korea.

JAPAN–CANADA “2+2” DIALOGUE

JAPAN–CANADA “2+2” DIALOGUE

The second round of Subcabinet “2+2” Dialogue between Japan and Canada took place in Ottawa, Canada on the 3rd of March, 2014. The Japanese representatives were Mr. Masanori Nishi, Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense, and Mr. Shinsuke Sugiyama, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mr. Richard Fadden, Deputy Minister of National Defence and Mr. Daniel Jean, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs attended on behalf of Canada.

The Japan–Canada “2+2” dialogues were established based on the Canada–Japan Joint Declaration on Political, Peace and Security Cooperation signed by Prime Ministers of Japan and Canada at the Japan–Canada Summit Meeting held on the side of the November 2010 APEC in Yokohama. The first Japan–Canada “2+2” Dialogue was held in August, 2011.

Both sides shared views on the importance for promoting the cooperation between the SDF and Canadian Armed Forces in order to deepen the national security ties between the two countries, and also shared on intention to continue discussing possibilities of future bilateral cooperation.

They also exchanged views on various regional security issues, including East Asia, Ukraine, the Middle East and Northern Africa, and both sides recognized the regional and international security environment and regional security frameworks.

They reaffirmed that both sides continue and deepen the discussion on the future Canada–Japan bilateral cooperation, in areas such as Peace Keeping Operations which has long been a cooperation area of Japan and Canada, and disaster relief responding to large scale disasters.

Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Masanori Nishi visited the United Kingdom

Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Masanori Nishi visited the United Kingdom through February 26th and March 2nd. Mr. Nishi had a discussion with the head of IISS (International Institute for Strategic Studies) and RUSI (Royal United Services Institute). He also attended the International Conference hosted by the Ditchley Foundation and exchanged views regarding security of Asia Pacific region with scholars and government officials from the world.

JAPAN–LITHUANIA DEFENSE MINISTERIAL MEETING

JAPAN–LITHUANIA DEFENSE MINISTERIAL MEETING

Defense Minister Onodera met with the Honorable Olekas, Lithuanian Minister of National Defense, on February 25th during the Minister’s visit to Japan. They discussed the defense policies of their respective countries as well as other defense-related topics during the exchange.

Mr. Onodera welcomed the Lithuanian Minister on his first visit to Japan, explaining the Japanese policy of “Proactive Contribution to Peace” based on the principle of international cooperation. He focused on Japan’s various international activities to date, including SDF participation in the UN mission to South Sudan, anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and Gulf of Aden, and last year’s Philippine Typhoon Disaster Relief activities. Minister Olekas spoke about Lithuania’s entrance into the NATO and EU ten years prior and current efforts to improve his nation’s security environment. Mr. Olekas expressed his desire for both countries to share experiences and learn from each other.

From a defense exchange perspective, Minister Olekas focused on Japan, stressing the extreme importance of international cooperation with regards to global hot topics such as cyber and energy security. Mr. Onodera stated Japan’s current focus on cyber security operations while emphasizing the importance of information sharing among countries when addressing issues such as cyber-attacks.

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