JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.52
ACTIVITIES

KOMODO Multilateral Joint Naval Training Exercise

KOMODO Multilateral Joint Naval Training Exercise
Hoist Operation of a JS Akebono-based Helicopter to Indonesian Vessel
Hoist Operation of a JS Akebono-based Helicopter
to Indonesian Vessel
KOMODO Multilateral Joint Naval Training Exercise

The MSDF participated in KOMODO multilateral joint naval training exercise organized by the Indonesian Navy that took place from March 20th to April 9th.

This exercise was hosted by the Indonesian Navy as the first installment of multilateral exercises to be held by ASEAN and its neighboring countries, according to the decision made at the ASEAN Navy Chiefs Meeting.

A total of 17 countries took part in this exercise, including Japan, Indonesia, and the United States. Participating countries worked together on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercises held in the surrounding airspace and waters off the island of Batam in Indonesia.

Three Principles on Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology Approved by the NSC and the Cabinet

On April 1st, 2014, the Three Principles on Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology were approved by the National Security Council and the Cabinet.

The National Security Strategy and the National Defense Program Guidelines for FY2014 and Beyond both issued in December 2013 state: “While giving due consideration to the roles that the Three Principles on Arms Exports and their related policy guidelines have played so far, the Government of Japan will set out clear principles on the overseas transfer of arms and military technology, which fit the new security environment. In this context, considerations will be made with regard to defining cases where transfers are prohibited; limiting cases where transfers could be allowed with strict examinations; and ensuring appropriate control over transfers in terms of unauthorized use and third party transfer.” In this manner, the Three Principles on Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology define new rules governing the future overseas transfer of defense equipment and technology.

The MOD has been advancing international cooperation in the area of defense equipment and technology. The MOD is committed to responsible management of defense equipment and technology in cooperation with related agencies. In doing so, it will continue to further ensure transparency based on the new principles as well as enhance foreseeability of partner countries and defense industry while securing defense technology that is important to Japan’s security.

Establishment of the Cyber Defense Unit

Presentation of the Colors of the Cyber Defense Unit
Presentation of the Colors of the Cyber Defense Unit

On March 26th, the MOD/SDF established the Cyber Defense Unit in order to effectively counter the threats of cyber-attacks, which become more complex and sophisticated.

The Cyber Defense Unit will monitor the MOD/SDF’s networks and respond to cyber-attacks on a 24 hour basis. It will also centrally collect, analyze, study, and research on cyber threat information.

Since ensuring the stable use of cyberspace is an important task for Japan’s national security, the MOD/SDF, with the Cyber Defense Unit as a central player, will continue to proactively work on enhancing SDF’s capability to deal with cyber-attacks in close cooperation with the relevant ministries and agencies.

The Tokyo Workshop of Engineer Unit Manual Working Group for Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations

The Tokyo Workshop of Engineer Unit Manual Working Group for Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations
Visit to GSDF Camp Komakado, Shizuoka prefecture
Visit to GSDF Camp Komakado, Shizuoka prefecture

On March 26th, the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Workshop of Engineer Unit Manual for Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations took place at the Meiji Kinenkan in Tokyo.

A total of 14 countries participated in the workshop, including Indonesia as the vice chair country, the United States, and China, while approx. 40 experts from three international institutions such as the U.N. also attended.

Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera gave the opening address for the workshop. In his speech, Minister Onodera stated: “From our position of proactive contributor to peace based on the principle of international cooperation, Japan will proactively engage in international peace cooperation activities and also finds it important to play a more active leadership role in these activities.” Minister Onodera also emphasized that sharing knowledge and experiences on peacekeeping operations through this workshop in Japan represented a very meaningful form of cooperation in terms of multilateral collaboration aimed at the realization of international peace.

During the three days of the workshop, which lasted until March 28th, discussions were held on the basic approach for drafting the Engineer Unit Manual and what to include. On March 27th, the experts visiting Japan toured the GSDF International Peace Cooperation Activities Training Unit at Camp Komakado in Shizuoka.

[14 Participating countries]

Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

Following data shows the records of the measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden January through March, 2014.

Aerial activities of P-3C patrol aircraft off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

Record of Mission (January through March, 2014)

  1. Number of flights: 53 flights (Accumulated Total (AT): 1,085 flights)
  2. Flight hours: Approx. 410 hours (AT: Approx. 8,390 hours)
  3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships: Approx. 4,700 ships (AT: 87,900 ships)
  4. Number of times of information sharing to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approx. 350 times (AT: Approx. 9,210 times)

Escort operations performed by MSDF units in the same area

Record of Mission (January through March, 2014)

Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden
  1. Number of escort operations: 25 times (The 485th – 509th escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
  2. Number of escorted vessels: 86 vessels (AT of 3,275 escorted vessels since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)

[Breakdown]

  • Japanese-registered ships: 0 (AT: 15)
  • Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies:14 (AT: 600)
  • Foreign ships other than above: 72 (AT: 2,660)

*The above record does not include the 1st – 41st escort operation performed as Maritime Security Activities.

Zone Defense performed in the same area

Record of Mission (January through March, 2014)

  1. Number of days: 58 (AT: 75 days)
  2. Number of commercial vessels confirmed: Approx. 2,130 (AT: 3,010 vessels)
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