JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.60
ACTIVITIES

Forest Light 1
– Japan-U.S. Bilateral Training Exercise –

Forest Light 1 – Japan-U.S. Bilateral Training Exercise –

The GSDF carried out a field training exercise called Forest Light 1 with the U.S. Marine Corps from December 1st to 12th at the Oyanohara Training Area and Vice-Camp Takayubaru.

The exercise aims to improve interoperability between the GSDF and USMC by practicing procedures which would be necessary when the two forces jointly conduct operations, following each other’s chain of command.

Approx. 250 personnel from the GSDF’s 42nd Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, and approx. 250 personnel from the USMC 9th Marine Regiment took part in the exercise.

The Forest Light has been held in Japan since 1981, with this time marking the 54th exercise.

Forest Light 1 – Japan-U.S. Bilateral Training Exercise –
Forest Light 1 – Japan-U.S. Bilateral Training Exercise –

First Drop Drill 2015 of the GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade

First Drop Drill 2015 of the GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade
First Drop Drill 2015 of the GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade

On January 11th, the GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade conducted its first drop drill of the year at Narashino Training Ground in Chiba Prefecture.

The 1st Airborne Brigade, the only paratroop unit in Japan, carries out this annual new year event, wishing for the safety of the drop trainings throughout the year.

The drill this year attracted a large audience along with MOD/SDF officials including Defense Minister Nakatani, Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense Nishi, Chief of Joint Staff Admiral Kawano, GSDF Chief of Staff General Iwata, and others. Aircraft such as P-3C, C-1, C-130, and CH-47 as well as tanks and motorcycles took part in the drill.

First Drop Drill 2015 of the GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade

International Peace & Security Symposium 2014

Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion

On December 5th, Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), Joint Staff College, held the “International Peace & Security Symposium 2014” in Tokyo which attracted more than 300 people from inside and outside the MOD.

The symposium seeks to contribute to Japan’s international peace cooperation activities by sharing knowledge on challenges associated with peace and security activities carried out by the UN and other international frameworks as well as the future direction of these activities, among the MOD and other related officials.

This year’s subject was “Civil-Military Coordination in Complex Emergencies,” with discussions focused on how the civilian sector and military should work together, given the increasing number of large-scale humanitarian emergencies caused by domestic and international conflict. This theme was chosen because coordination and collaboration between the civilian sector and military during the humanitarian assistance has become one of the challenges in conflict areas such as Mali, Syria, Central African Republic and South Sudan.

International Peace & Security Symposium 2014

The following people who have abundant experience and knowledge in the subject were invited to the symposium as speakers and panelists; Lt.Gen. Maqsood Ahmed, Military Adviser, UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO); Ms. Sophie Solomon, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Mali; Mr. Hideki Tsuchimoto, Deputy Director-General of International Peace Cooperation Headquarters, Cabinet Office; Mr. Jeremie Bodin, General Director of Medecins Sans Frontieres Japan; and Ms. Rika Yamamoto, Director of Program Department, Peace Winds Japan. Dr. Toshiya Hoshino, Vice President for Global Engagement, Osaka University, was invited to be the panel discussion moderator. He also helped wrap up the symposium at the end of the day.

This symposium took the success example of civil-military coordination in Mali where the assistance was swiftly provided because both sides had understanding of the need for mutual involvement and dispatch during early stages of humanitarian assistance. Discussions were held on the military escorts of civilians, the implementation of Quick Impact Projects (QIP) that offers a tangible improvement to living conditions of those affected by the emergency, the need for training and education prior to the dispatch, and the composition of integrated missions.

The fundamental aspect of civil-military coordination requires that activities be carried out with respect for the different actors of civilians, military, and victims to ensure that the response is practical and flexible. The necessity of joint training during peacetime is reconfirmed in order to share best practices in the past civil-military cooperation and to ensure that each party has expectations, respect, and awareness to each other.

Ms. Solomon, UN OCHA, Mali Ms. Solomon, UN OCHA, Mali
Lt.Gen. Ahmed, Military Advisor, UNDPKO Lt.Gen. Ahmed, Military Advisor, UNDPKO
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