JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.57
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Minister of Defense Succession Ceremony

New Defense Minister Eto and MOD Senior Officials
New Defense Minister Eto and MOD Senior Officials

On September 3rd, Akinori Eto, member of the House of Representatives, was appointed as the 13th Minister of Defense in a cabinet reshuffling carried out by the second Abe Cabinet.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave the following seven instructions upon the appointment of the Minister of Defense and the Minister in charge of Security Legislation.

  • To formulate a more strategic and systematic national security policy in cooperation with associated ministers in the National Security Council based on the National Security Strategy.
  • To strengthen the SDF organization in accordance with the new National Defense Program Guidelines and the Medium Term Defense Program, in order to firmly protect the lives and property of the people as well as Japan’s territorial land, sea, and airspace.
  • To move forward with the revision of the Guidelines for Japan–U.S. Defense Cooperation in order to strengthen the SDF’s role and enhance deterrence in cooperation with the U.S. defense strategy.
  • To strengthen the Japan–U.S. Alliance and promote bilateral and multilateral defense cooperation and exchange, including joint exercises as well as equipment and technology cooperation, with ASEAN nations, India, Australia, and other countries.
  • To maintain deterrence and at the same time mitigate the impact on local communities such as Okinawa while advancing the realignment of the U.S. Forces Japan, including the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma, in cooperation with the Minister in charge of Alleviating the Burden of the Bases in Okinawa.
  • To develop seamless security legislation to ensure Japan's survival and protect its people based on the basic policy recently approved by the Cabinet in order to protect the life and peaceful livelihood of the people in cooperation with associated ministers.
  • To provide mindful and clear explanations on the necessity and content of legislation to the people of Japan as top priority should be given to obtaining the understanding of the people in the process of security legislation.

During the inauguration ceremony held at the MOD Auditorium on September 4th, new Defense Minister Eto stated his commitment to strengthen Japan’s defense capabilities to respond to today’s severe security environment, to further strengthen the Japan–U.S. Alliance, and to carry out efforts for promoting security cooperation.

In closing, Minister Eto stated his strong hope that SDF personnel live up to the high expectations the nationals have toward the MOD/SDF. Minister Eto also encourged them to make their utmost efforts in their mission to fully protect life and property of its people along with Japan’s territorial land, sea, and airspace.

On the same day, former Defense Minister Onodera attended his farewell ceremony at the MOD Auditorium. During his speech, former Defense Minister Onodera looked back on his 20 months in office, touching upon the incidents and challenges that he faced as well as the words of encouragement that he gave to personnel at approx. 150 SDF camps and bases across Japan that he inspected during his tenure. Then he encouraged the Ministry to make concerted efforts under the leadership of new Defense Minister Eto toward fulfilling its noble mission of ensuring the peace and security of the nation.

New Defense Minister Eto and Former Defense Minister Onodera
New Defense Minister Eto and Former Defense
Minister Onodera
Farewell Ceremony for Former Defense Minister Onodera
Farewell Ceremony for Former Defense Minister Onodera
 
Akinori Eto

Akinori Eto

Present Position

Minister of Defense
Minister in charge of Security Legislation

Aomori

Domicile

Aomori Prefecture

Date of Birth

Date of Birth

12 October 1955

Biography

Mar 1981 Graduate School of Law, Nihon University
Apr 1984 Part-time lecturer, Hachinohe Gakuin Junior College, Kosei Gakuin Educational Corporation
    Staff, Social Welfare Service Cooperation Shiseikai
Apr 1988 Vice-Chairperson, Social Welfare Service Cooperation Shiseikai
Mar 2002 Chairperson, Social Welfare Service Cooperation Shiseikai

Political Caree

Oct 1996 Elected as a member of the House of Representatives (HR)
    Liberal Democratic Party(LDP)
Nov 2003 Elected as a member of the HR (2nd term)
Sep 2004 Parliamentary Secretary of Defense, Cabinet Office (2 terms)
Sep 2005 Elected as a member of the HR (3rd term)
Oct 2006 Deputy Chairman, Diet Affairs Committee (3 terms)
Aug 2007 Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense (2 terms)
Aug 2008 Director, Committee on Security
Aug 2009 Elected as a member of the HR (4th term)
Sep 2009 Deputy Secretary-General, LDP (3 terms)
Dec 2012 Elected as a member of the HR (5th term)
    Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense
Oct 2013 Chairman, Committee on Security, HR
Sep 2014 Minister of Defense
    Minister in charge of Security Legislation
Member of the House of Representatives

Member of
the House of Representatives

Elected in 5 elections

Hobbies

Hobbies

· Reading
· Movie Appreciation

Family

Family

· Wife
· 3 daughters / 1 son

Succession Ceremony for the Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister and Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense

Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Akira Sato
Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense
Akira Sato

Upon the establishment of the reshuffled second Abe Cabinet on September 3rd, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed Akira Sato, member of the House of Representatives, as Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense. For the position of Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense, Prime Minister appointed Kenji Harada, member of the House of Representatives, and Hirotaka Ishikawa, member of the House of Councillors, respectively.

On September 5th, the farewell ceremony was held for former Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Takeda as well as former Parliamentary Vice-Ministers of Defense Kihara and Wakamiya. On the same day, the inauguration ceremony was held for new Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Sato as well as new Parliamentary Vice-Ministers of Defense Harada and Ishikawa.

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Kenji Harada
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense
Kenji Harada
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Hirotaka Ishikawa
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense
Hirotaka Ishikawa
Succession Ceremony for the Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister and Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense
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