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The 13th IISS Asia Security Summit
~Shangri-La Dialogue~

The 13th IISS Asia Security Summit ~Shangri-La Dialogue~

Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera visited Singapore from May 30th to June 1st and attended the 13th IISS Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue). At the Dialogue, Minister Onodera delivered a speech and held meetings with defense ministers of participating and host countries. Minister Onodera explained Japan’s national security policy, with a particular focus on the status of discussions involving the reconstruction of Japan’s legal basis for security, and discussed the regional situation and defense cooperation.

Speech by Defense Minister Onodera (excerpt)

The prosperity of the Asia Pacific which we enjoy today was realized by each country’s great effort. I am confident that all of you share the view on the importance of an open sea which connects this region’s countries. The mission of each military and defense organization is to defend stability and protect prosperity, not to destroy it.

I strongly believe that the discussion and examination on a right of collective self-defense and collective security, currently going on in Japan, will, for sure, contribute to the peace and stability of the region.

In accordance with the idea of “Proactive Contribution to Peace” based on the principle of international cooperation, and on the foundation of the lessons learnt from our history, Japan will continue to work actively for advancing regional cooperation and stability, so that we will be able to pass on this region’s prosperity to future generations.

Just 3 weeks ago, I visited the PKO mission in South Sudan and Djibouti where international counter piracy units operate. In the spirit of hands-on policy, I myself will continue to visit the frontlines of our international cooperation with foreign forces to further military-to-military cooperation.

Japan–U.S.–Australia Defense Ministers Meeting
Japan–U.S.–Australia Defense Ministers Meeting

J_U_A
Japan–U.S.–Australia Defense Ministers Meeting
(U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Australia Minister for Defence David Johnston)

The Ministers exchanged their views on regional situation including North Korea and each of their defense policy. In the Joint Statement, the Ministers expressed their strong opposition to coercion or use of force to unilaterally alter the status quo and underscored their strong support for the U.S. rebalance. They also welcomed and supported Japan’s recent efforts to play a greater role in regional and global security through examining its security policy. They shared a common understanding to work together to advance trilateral cooperation through joint exercises and capacity building.

Japan–U.S.–Republic of Korea Defense Ministers Meeting
Japan–U.S.–Republic of Korea Defense
Ministers Meeting

J_U_K
Japan–U.S.–Republic of Korea Defense Ministers Meeting
(U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Kim Kwan-jin)

The Ministers held discussions on the regional security situation including North Korea as well as trilateral defense cooperation and released the joint statement based on the outcome of the discussion. Their common understanding is that North Korea’s continued provocations pose a serious threat to regional and global security and agreed that all three countries would continue to coordinate closely on this issue. They also reaffirmed the importance of information sharing and shared an understanding that this issue needs to be reviewed further.

Meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense
Chuck Hagel

USA
Meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

The Ministers discussed issues such as the regional situation, bilateral defense cooperation, and the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan. They shared the common view to oppose any attempt to change the status quo by coercion in any region of the world including the East China Sea. Secretary Hagel welcomed and supported Japan’s efforts concerning the right of collective self-defense and other matters. They agreed that they would continue close bilateral cooperation on matters such as completing the revision of the Guidelines for Japan–U.S. Defense Cooperation by the end of the year and mitigating the impact on Okinawa, and thereby strengthening the Japan–U.S. Alliance.

Courtesy call by Myanmar Deputy Minister of Defence Aung Thaw
Courtesy call by Myanmar Deputy Minister
of Defence Aung Thaw

Myanmar
Courtesy call by Myanmar Deputy Minister of Defence Aung Thaw

Minister Onodera expressed his respect to Myanmar’s efforts as the Chair of ASEAN and his appreciation to Myanmar for hosting Chief of Joint Staff, General Iwasaki in May this year. He also expressed his expectation that the Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar’s Armed Forces would visit Japan. They agreed to further strengthen bilateral defense exchanges and cooperation.

Meeting with Vietnam Minister of National Defence General Phung Quang Thanh
Meeting with Vietnam Minister of National Defence
General Phung Quang Thanh

Vietnam
Meeting with Vietnam Minister of National Defence General Phung Quang Thanh

The Ministers exchanged views on the regional situation focusing on the South China Sea. They agreed that issues in both the South China Sea and East China Sea should be peacefully resolved through dialogue. Minister Onodera welcomed Vietnam’s decision of first ever dispatch of personnel to UNMISS and conveyed his intent to continue actively supporting Vietnam in this area. In response, Minister Thanh expressed his gratitude for Japan’s support.

Meeting with U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond
Meeting with U.K. Secretary of State for Defence
Philip Hammond

U.K.
Meeting with U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond

The Ministers held a discussion on bilateral defense cooperation and the regional situation as part of a follow-up to the agreement made at the Japan–U.K. summit meeting held in London in May this year. They also agreed that they will continue to closely engage in consultations on the conclusion of an ACSA and to establish a working level framework for dialogue to promote the cooperation in the area of defense equipment and technology.

Meeting with Australia Minister for Defence David Johnston
Meeting with Australia Minister for Defence
David Johnston

Australia
Meeting with Australia Minister for Defence David Johnston

The Ministers discussed the regional situation as well as measures to further strengthen Japan–Australia defense cooperation in advance of the Japan–Australia “2+2” meeting planned to take place in Tokyo in June. They agreed that they would seek to deepen bilateral defense cooperation through bilateral joint exercises, trilateral defense cooperation involving the U.S., and defense equipment and technology cooperation.

Meeting with France Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian
Meeting with France Minister of Defence
Jean-Yves Le Drian

France
Meeting with France Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian

The Ministers discussed the regional situation and Japan’s national security policy. With regard to the regional matters, they exchanged their views on the situation in the East China Sea, Ukraine, and Russia. They also shared their common understanding that any attempt to change the status quo by force is not acceptable.

Japan–Singapore Defense Ministerial Meeting

Singapore
Japan–Singapore Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan–New Zealand Defense Ministerial Meeting

New Zealand
Japan–New Zealand Defense Ministerial Meeting

Courtesy call on the Prime Minister / Minister for Defence of Tonga

Tonga
Courtesy call on the Prime Minister / Minister for Defence of Tonga

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