JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.59
ACTIVITIES

Dispatch of Female SDF Personnel to NATO Headquarters

Greeting to Defense Minister Eto (25 Nov.) Front row, from left: Director General of Defense Policy Bureau, LTC Kurita, Defense Minister Eto, GSDF Chief of Staff
Greeting to Defense Minister Eto (25 Nov.)
Front row, from left: Director General of Defense Policy Bureau, LTC Kurita, Defense Minister Eto, GSDF Chief of Staff
Dispatch of Female SDF Personnel to NATO Headquarters

The MOD/SDF sends GSDF Lieutenant Colonel Chizu Kurita to NATO Headquarters as the adviser to NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security in the office of the Secretary General from December 1st 2014, for approx. two years.

In the meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Secretary General of NATO in May 2014, it was decided that the Government of Japan would send Japanese female government personnel. Based on the decision, the dispatch of LTC Kurita to NATO HQs was arranged through necessary coordination between the government of Japan and NATO.

LTC Kurita will give advice on integrating a gender perspective into various policies and activities of NATO and promoting the active role of women based on her experiences in international affairs such as PKOs.

The dispatch of female SDF personnel to NATO HQs is expected to further enhance cooperative relationship between Japan and NATO.

Dispatch of Female SDF Personnel to NATO Headquarters

Keen Sword 15
– Japan-U.S. Joint Field Training Exercise –

Keen Sword 15 – Japan-U.S. Joint Field Training Exercise –
1. Lt. Gen. Angelella, Commander of the USFJ/5th Air Force, Admiral Kawano, Chief of Joint Staff
Keen Sword 15 – Japan-U.S. Joint Field Training Exercise –

From November 8th to 19th, the SDF carried out Japan-U.S. Joint Field Training Exercise (FTX) called Keen Sword 15 in the seas and skies around Japan as well as at the camps and bases of the SDF and the U.S. forces. The main goal of the FTX is to maintain and improve its capability through the practice of procedures of the SDF joint operations as well as the interoperability between the SDF and U.S. forces in case of an island incursion during an armed attack. Approx. 30,700 personnel from the GSDF, MSDF, ASDF and Joint Staff took part in the exercise while approx. 10,000 U.S. personnel participated including those who assigned to U.S. Forces Japan Headquarters, U.S. Army Japan, Seventh Fleet, Pacific Air Forces, and the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force.

Joint base security training was carried out at bases in Atsugi, Iwakuni, and Sasebo as part of the land-based component, while vessels took part in training in the waters off the coast of Shikoku as part of the sea-based component of the training. For the air-based component, fighter training was carried out in the training airspace above the Sea of Japan and air rescue training was conducted in the Mt. Haku area. The SDF alone also carried out landing exercises on Eniyabanare Island in the Amami Islands as part of amphibious training. In addition, various supplies were loaded, transported, and offloaded at each base as part of the joint logistics support training.

Japan-U.S. joint training exercise was commenced in 1985 and in recent years, field training exercises and command point exercises have been alternately held every year. This year marks the 12th time FTX has been held.

Michinoku Alert 2014
– Disaster Relief Exercise for GSDF Northeastern Army –

Defense Minister Eto at USARJ Command Post
Defense Minister Eto at USARJ Command Post
Michinoku Alert 2014

The Northeastern Army of the GSDF carried out the disaster relief exercise called “Michinoku Alert 2014” from November 6th to 9th based on the lessons learned from the activity following the Great East Japan Earthquake. The purpose of the exercise is to train its cooperative basics with municipalities and other related organizations, seeking to improve the capability of the Northeastern Army to respond to various disasters. It also aims to contribute to establishing the basics when collaborating between the SDF, U.S. forces, and Australian forces.

Michinoku Alert 2014

The exercise was held on the supposition of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake striking off the coast of Miyagi, triggering a large tsunami. Participating personnel carried out a series of field training exercises ranging from the initial response phase right after the disaster to the emergency recovery stage. Participating forces in the exercise included the GSDF led by the Northeastern Army, ASDF, MSDF, six prefectural governments and related organizations in Tohoku area, as well as USARJ, the U.S. 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force and the Australian forces. The U.S. MV-22 Osprey also participated in the trilateral part of this disaster relief exercise involving Japan, the U.S. and Australia.

Michinoku Alert 2014
Michinoku Alert 2014
Michinoku Alert 2014
Michinoku Alert 2014
Michinoku Alert 2014
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