JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.57

Courtesy Call on Indian Prime Minister

Courtesy Call on Indian Prime Minister

India On September 1st, then Defense Minister Onodera paid a courtesy call on the Indian Prime Minister who was visiting Japan. They shared their view on the importance of Japan–India defense cooperation and exchange as shown in the success of Exercise Malabar, joint maritime training that took place in July this year. They also agreed to continue proactively engaging in enhancing cooperation in the area of defense.

Defense Minister Eto’s Phone Call with the U.S. Secretary of Defense

USA Defense Minister Eto and U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel talked over the phone on September 25th.

First, Minister Eto exchanged his greetings upon his appointment as Defense Minister, and Secretary Hagel congratulated the Minister’s appointment.

The Ministers shared their view that the Japan–U.S. Alliance is extremely important as it serves as a cornerstone of peace and stability of Japan as well as in the Asia-Pacific region.

On the revision of the Guidelines for Japan–U.S. Defense Cooperation, the Ministers agreed to continue bilateral discussion for the development of interim report.

The Ministers welcomed recent progress on construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility and reconfirmed their commitment to complete the facility at Camp Schwab. They also confirmed that they will closely work together to advance cooperation regarding impact mitigation on Okinawa.

Based on today’s teleconference, they agreed to continue close cooperation for building even stronger Japan–U.S. Alliance.

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