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Look Back on the Year of 2014

Look Back on the Year of 2014

As the new year of 2015 starts, the JDF January issue takes a look back at the MOD/SDF activities in 2014, a truly memorable year that marked a 60th anniversary of the MOD/SDF establishment.

JAN 5-10 January
Then Defense Minister Onodera’s Visit to India and France
JAN_photo
16 January - 4 March
Iron Fist, GSDF/USMC Field Training Exercise in the U.S.
FEB 5 February
Departing Ceremony of the 15th Deployment Air Force for Counter Piracy Enforcement (DAPE)
FEB_photo
7 February
Tomodachi Rescue Exercise, Japan-U.S. Joint Disaster Response Exercise in Japan
7-23 February
SDF Personnel’s Participation in the Sochi Winter Olympics
11-21 February
Cobra Gold 14, Multinational Training Exercise in Thailand
25 February
Japan-Lithuania Defense Ministerial Meeting
25 February - 8 March
Forest Light, GSDF/USMC Bilateral Exercise in Japan
MAR 10 March - 28 April
The SDF Assistance in the Search for Malaysian Missing Airlines MH370
MAR_photo
20 March - 9 April
KOMODO Multilateral Joint Naval Exercise in Indonesia
26 March
Establishment of the Cyber Defense Unit
APR 6 April
Japan-U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting
APR_photo
17 April
Japan-Mongol Defense Ministerial Meeting
26-30 April
Then Defense Minister Onodera’s Visit to Australia and Malaysia
MAY 6-11 May
Then Defense Minister Onodera’s Visit to Italy, South Sudan, and Djibouti
MAY_photo
17-28 May
Southern Jackaroo 2014, Japan-U.S.-Australia Joint Training in Australia
20 May
Send-off Ceremony of the UNMISS 6th Engineer Unit
31 May - 1 June
The 13th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore
JUN 2 June - 3 July
Participation in Red Flag-Alaska Exercise in the U.S.
JUN_photo
6 June - 15 July
Pacific Partnership 2014
11 June
Japan-Australia “2+2” Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations
June - August
Participation in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 Exercise in the U.S.
9 June
Departing Ceremony of the 16th DAPE
JUL 3-4 July
The 4th ADMM-Plus HA/DR Experts’ Working Group Meeting in Tokyo
JUL_photo
11 July
Japan-U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting
15 July
Departing Ceremony of the 19th Deployment Surface Force for Counter Piracy Enforcement (DSPE)
29 July
Japan-France Defense Ministerial Meeting
AUG 5 August
Defense of Japan 2014 Issued
AUG_photo
24 August
Fuji Firepower Review 2014
25 August - 12 September
KAKADU2014, Multinational Maritime Joint Exercise in Australia
SEP 4 September
Inauguration Ceremony of Former Defense Minister Akinori Eto
SEP_photo
27 September - 16 October
SDF Disaster Relief Activities for Mt.Ontake Eruption
OCT 1 October
Departing Ceremony of the 17th DAPE and the 2nd Deployment Support Force for Counter Piracy Enforcement
OCT_photo
7 October
The 6th Japan-ASEAN Defense Vice-Ministerial Forum
8 October
Interim Report on the Revision of the Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation
16 October
Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting
26 October
Air Review 2014
28 October
Japan-Finland Defense Ministerial Meeting
NOV 4 November
Japan-Spain Defense Ministerial Meeting
NOV_photo
8-19 November
Keen Sword 15, Japan-U.S. Joint Field Training Exercise in Japan
13-15 November
SDF Marching Festival 2014
15 November
Departing Ceremony of the 20th DSPE
16 November
Send-off Ceremony of the UNMISS 7th Engineer Unit
19 November
Japan-ASEAN Defense Ministerial Roundtable Meeting
DEC November - December
SDF Activities against Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa (Airlift Operation of Personal Protective Equipment to Ghana)
DEC_photo
  25 December
Inauguration Ceremony of New Defense Minister Gen Nakatani
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