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Chief of Staff’s Official Visit to Australia and New Zealand

Chief of Staff’s Official Visit to Australia and New Zealand

General Iwasaki, Chief of Joint Staff made an official visit to Australia and New Zealand from August 6th to 12th, upon the invitation of Chief of Defence Force of each country. Through various meetings with defense officers and officials and base visits in each country, he deepened mutual understanding and enhanced trust and friendly relationship.

On August 6th, General Iwasaki met with Air Chief Marshal Binskin, Chief of the Australian Defence Force. They exchanged views on issues such as the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region and defense cooperation and exchanges between Japan and Australia. The two Generals confirmed the importance of recognition that international disputes and issues should not be solved by force but should be solved peacefully according to the international laws.

On August 11th, General Iwasaki held talks with Lieutenant General Keating, Chief of NZ Defense Force to exchange perspectives on current regional security issues and to discuss enhancing bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges. The two Generals agreed that they do not tolerate any attempt to alter the status quo by force and that the disputes should be solved through dialogue.

Round Table Talk in Asahikawa-city, Hokkaido

Round Table Talk in Asahikawa-city, Hokkaido

On August 6th, 2014, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Ryota Takeda had a “Round Table Talk” in Asahikawa City, Hokkaido with local residents under the theme of “what to do with defense of Hokkaido -Peace in the north and preparedness in the south-.” This time marked the third meeting of its kind for the MOD. “Round Table Talk” is an opportunity for ministers, senior vice-ministers, and vice-ministers to sit in a circle and hold a close discussion with locals to listen to what they have to say in detail and in turn explain the government’s vital policies to them.

People in Asahikawa City show a high level of interest in disaster prevention. There’s a growing tendency of Russian military aircraft flying close to the Japanese Islands including the vicinity of Hokkaido as well as military exercises and trainings. It was a valuable opportunity for the MOD to directly talk to people living in Hokkaido for future policies in light of National Defense Program Guidelines and Medium Term Defense Program approved last year among increasing emphasis on the Southwestern area.

Summer Tour for University Students at the SDF Base and Camp

Summer Tour for University Students at the SDF Base and Camp

From August 25th to 29th, the summer tour program for university and graduate students took place. During the program, the participants visited SDF facilities of each service for five days and four nights to gain firsthand experience of the life in the SDF.

This year, a total of 49 university and graduate students participated in the summer tour program. They visited ASDF Nyutabaru Base (Miyazaki Prefecture), GSDF Miyakonojo Camp (Miyazaki Prefecture), and MSDF Kanoya Air Base (Kagoshima Prefecture), all located in the southern part of Kyusyu area. Their activities include: test-ride of transport aircraft C-1 and CH-47; observation tour of fighter jets such as F-15; basic drilling; trial ranger training; setting up of a tent; test-ride of a light armored vehicle; and meeting with SDF personnel. Participants said that the program deepened their understanding and they are now more interested in the activities of the MOD/SDF.

The MOD holds such program for university and graduate students twice a year in every spring and summer.

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