JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.62
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Defense Attaché

Algeria: Col Kobayashi's Courtesy Call on Director of Department of Foreign Relations and Co-operation, Ministry of Defense National
Algeria: Col Kobayashi's Courtesy Call on Director of Department of Foreign Relations and Co-operation, Ministry of Defense National
Kenya: CDR Tomimatsu's Courtesy call on Vice Chief of Defence Forces
Kenya: CDR Tomimatsu's Courtesy call on Vice Chief
of Defence Forces

Through various means of obtaining information, the MOD collects and analyzes a wide range of information essential for securing peace and stability of Japan. With respect to the information collected via people, the MOD places Defense Attachés at Japanese embassies and government missions to collect military information from defense authorities in their country of residence as well as from other country’s military attachés. Defense Attachés are also responsible for coordinating defense cooperation with other countries since such framework has been increasingly expanding both in quality and quantity lately.

In light of the terrorist attack against Japanese nationals in Algeria that took place in January 2013, the MOD decided to newly send Defense Attachés to seven African countries (Algeria, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa) where beneficial military information is available, and additionally dispatch Attachés to three European countries (France, Germany, and the UK) that have close ties with the region in FY2014.

At the end of March, 2015, the MOD will have a total of 58 Defense Attachés at 40 embassies and two government missions.

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