JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.55
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Prince Pickles and Parsley Tour at the MOD
-Annual Summer Tour at the MOD for Kids-

Prince Pickles and Parsley Tour at the MOD -Annual Summer Tour at the MOD for Kids-

On August 6th and 7th, 2014, the MOD had kids group tour, with the purpose of deepening their understanding on the current situation of the MOD/SDF and issues related to defense. It is part of “Children’s Kasumigaseki Study Tour,” an annual summer event jointly organized by ministries and agencies of the Government of Japan that allows children to visit government offices and learn about their activities.

The tour at the MOD, named after its official cartoon character, Prince Pickles and Parsley, was very successful with approximately hundred participants each day consisting of children from elementary and junior high school along with their guardians. Children met with the Defense Minister or the Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense and asked lots of questions in their office. For lunch, they had curry and rice, prepared from a special recipe by submarine unit that won MSDF Curry Number One Grand Prix in Yokosuka this year. They also practiced flag signaling, saw defense equipment such as helicopter and vehicles, and watched a training of the Honor Guard among other activities.

Courtesy Call on Minister Onodera by Ambassador of the Republic of Benin for Japan

Courtesy Call on Minister Onodera by Ambassador of the Republic of Benin for Japan

On July 31st, 2014, Defense Minister Onodera received a courtesy call from Mr. Zomahoun Dossou Cyr Rufin, Ambassador of the Republic of Benin for Japan at the Ministry of Defense (MOD).

Minister Onodera welcomed the visit of Ambassador Zomahoun, stating that the Embassy of Benin is closer to the MOD in distance than any other embassies in Tokyo. Ambassador Zomahoun explained that Benin is key-shaped and literally a key to understand the African continent.

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