JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.64

MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Japan-India Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-India Defense Ministerial Meeting
Japan-India Defense Ministerial Meeting

IndiaOn March 30th, Defense Minister Nakatani held a Japan-India defense ministerial meeting with the Minister of Defence of India Manohar Parrikar, who was on a visit to Japan. During the meeting, the two Ministers shared their views on the defense policies and future bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges.

Minister Nakatani welcomed Minister Parrikar’s visit and stated that he would like to further strengthen bilateral defense cooperation between Japan and India, beginning with the field of maritime safety, in which both countries have a shared interest, under Japan-India Special Strategic Global Partnership.

In response, Minister Parrikar expressed his gratitude for the hospitality and agreed with Minister Nakatani’s statement, expecting to enhance bilateral defense cooperation and exchange between the two countries.

Minister Nakatani stated that Japan and India share the same interest in the stable use of the ocean and that the country will work to contribute even more proactively to the peace and stability of the international community, while working closely with related countries including India, as a proactive contributor to peace. For this reason, Minister Nakatani explained Japan’s recent security policy initiatives,including the development of security legislation.

Minister Parrikar expressed his thanks for the explanation and explained India’s security policy under the Modi administration.

The Ministers agreed to work toward advancing defense equipment cooperation at an early stage, which includes discussions on US-2 amphibian aircraft cooperation. The two Ministers also agreed to continue with cooperation in various other fields, such as bilateral Maritime Exercises. Furthermore, Minister Nakatani proposed the MSDF’s continuing involvement in India-U.S. Joint Naval Exercises “Malabar 15.”

Japan-Timor-Leste Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-Timor-Leste Defense Ministerial Meeting
Japan-Timor-Leste Defense Ministerial Meeting

Timor-LesteOn March 20th, Defense Minister Nakatani held a meeting with Mr. Cirilo Cristovão, Minister of Defense of Timor-Leste. The Ministers exchanged views over bilateral defense exchange, defense policy, and regional situation.

Minister Nakatani welcomed Minister Cristovão’s visit to Japan. He also stated that he hoped to continue defense exchange between the two countries. In response, Minister Cristovão expressed his gratitude for accepting his visit to Japan and for the support extended by Japan to Timor-Leste.

The Ministers agreed to continue exchanges between the defense authorities by ways of educational exchange and capacity building assistance.

The Ministers briefed on defense policy to each other. They exchanged views over regional situation surrounding the two countries.

Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Visit to the MOD

Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Visit to the MOD

USAOn March 25th, Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Joint Staff, met with the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey at the MOD in Tokyo. They shared their perspectives on the security environment and identified future opportunities for increased cooperation between the U.S. armed forces and the SDF.

Both reaffirmed that the Japan-U.S. Alliance has continued and will continue to play an indispensable role in ensuring the peace and security of both countries, as well as the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Admiral Kawano and General Dempsey acknowledged the historic milestones that this year represents, the robustness of the Japan-U.S. relationship marked by 70 years since the end of World War II, and by the ongoing effort for the revision of the Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation. In light of these landmark events, they agreed to continue to seek ways to improve interoperability and strengthen coordination between their forces into the future.

They discussed approaches to common challenges in the region, and shared recognition of the importance of promoting regional stability by strengthening the Alliance and enhancing deterrence, including upholding international laws.

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