JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.62
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Japan-Philippines Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-Philippines Defense Ministerial Meeting

On January 29th, Defense Minister Nakatani held a ministerial meeting in Tokyo with Secretary of National Defense of the Republic of the Philippines, Voltaire T. Gazmin.

At the beginning of the meeting, Minister Nakatani strongly condemned the terrorist act of taking Japanese hostage in Syria, and explained Japanese government’s intention not to give in terrorism and its efforts to actively contribute to the peace and stability of the world together with international community. Secretary Gazmin expressed his support for it.

The two Ministers extensively exchanged ideas regarding security circumstances surrounding the two countries as well as future bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges. The Ministers particularly briefed each other on and acknowledged the current situation of South China Sea and East China Sea.

Minister Nakatani also explained Japan’s effort on the ongoing development of security legislation, and Secretary Gazmin welcomed Japan’s such efforts.

The Ministers shared views to elevate the bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges to a new phase, strengthening the cooperation and exchanges through capacity building assistance and trainings/exercises in the area of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) and Maritime Security, exploring a new possibility of cooperation in such areas as defense equipment and technology. To express their will, they signed the “Memorandum on Defense Cooperation and Exchanges between the Ministry of Defense of Japan and the Department of National Defense of the Republic of the Philippines.”

Japan-Philippines Defense Ministerial Meeting
Japan-Philippines Defense Ministerial Meeting
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Vice-Minister of Defense for International Affairs Attends ADSOM-Plus

Vice-Minister of Defense for International Affairs Attends ADSOM-Plus

Vice-Minister of Defense for International Affairs, Hideshi Tokuchi visited Malaysia and Laos from February 12th to 16th. In Malaysia, he attended the ADSOM-Plus (ASEAN Defense Senior Officials’ Meeting Plus) and held bilateral meetings with counterparts from other participating countries. While he was visiting Laos, he exchanged views with senior officials of Lao defense authorities including Minister of National Defence.

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