JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.53
MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Minister of Defense Travels Overseas

Minister of Defense Travels Overseas

Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera made official overseas trips from the end of April to early May where he met with senior officials, visited foreign bases, and encouraged the SDF members deployed abroad.


Australia (April 26th to 28th)

Australia Minister Onodera visited Australia from April 26th to 28th and held a bilateral Defense Ministers’ Meeting with Minister David Johnston. He also visited HMAS Stirling and RAAF Base Pearce.


Malaysia (April 28th and 29th)

Malaysia Minister Onodera visited Malaysia on April 28th and 29th where he met with Malaysian Minister of Defense Hishammuddin Hussein and paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Najib Razak. He also toured RMAF Subang Air Base, where the SDF International Disaster Relief Team was operating.


Italy (May 6th and 7th)

Italy Minister Onodera visited Italy on May 6th and 7th where he met with Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti for a Japan–Italy Defense Ministerial Meeting.


South Sudan (May 8th)

South Sudan Minister Onodera visited South Sudan on May 8th where he visited the SDF engineer unit and met with Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Republic of South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson, and Minister of Defense Kuol Manyang Juuk. He also paid a courtesy call on President Salva Kiir Mayardit.


Djibouti (May 9th)

DjiboutiMinister Onodera visited Djibouti on May 9th where he visited the Deployment Surface Force Counter Piracy Enforcement and the Deployment Air Force for Counter Piracy Enforcement. He also had a ministerial meeting with Djibouti Minister of Defence Hassan Darar Houffaneh and received courtesy calls from Commander of U.S. Forces, Djibouti and Commander of the French Forces, Djibouti.

The 13th IISS Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue)

The 13th IISS Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue)

Singapore Minister Onodera visited Singapore from May 30th to June 1st where he attended the 13th IISS Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue) and he gave a speech during a session and also held talks with defense ministers from other countries.

Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Attends ADSOM-Plus

Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Attends ADSOM-Plus

Myanmar Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Masanori Nishi traveled to Myanmar from April 28th to 30th to attend the ADSOM-Plus (ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting Plus).

Chief of Staff, Joint Staff visits Myanmar

Chief of Staff, Joint Staff visits Myanmar

Myanmar From May 26th to 29th, General Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff visited Myanmar as the first military high-level exchange. He met with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Defence Services and discussed issues such as the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region and defense cooperation / exchanges between both countries. He also paid a courtesy call on President Thein Sein.

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