JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.70

ACTIVITIES

MOD's Reorganization

On October 1st, in accordance with the “Direction of the MOD Reform”(August, 2013), following the previous fiscal year’s initiatives, MOD implemented the organizational reform as below to contribute to the overall optimization of defense capabilities, to strengthen joint operational functions and to strengthen policy planning functions, etc.

Strengthening joint operational functions:

Integrating duties related to execution of unit operations into the Joint Staff Office
- Integrate duties related to execution of unit operations into the Joint Staff Office
- Disband the Bureau of Operational Policy and establish civilian posts of Administrative Vice Chief of Staff, Joint Staff* and Joint Staff Councilor** at the director general level to handle accountability and coordination with related ministries
* Provisional translation: Deputy Chief of Staff, Operational Policy
** Provisional translation: Director, Operational Policy

Reorganizing Internal Bureau:

Strengthening policy planning functions and the defense capability build-up functions
- Transfer functions such as planning and drafting of operation-related laws and training of units to the Bureau of Defense Policy (Operational Policy Division, Training Division)
- Establish Strategic Planning Division in the Bureau of Defense Policy in order to strengthen policy planning functions
- Establish the Bureau of Defense Buildup Planning* to enhance defense capabilities build-up functions
* Provisional translation: Bureau of Capability & Facilities Planning

Establishing the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency:

Establishing an External Bureau consolidating MOD’s equipment procurement-related departments (Internal Bureau, Respective Staff Offices*, Technical Research and Development Institute, and Equipment Procurement and Construction Office )

Major functions
- Project management functions
- Equipment cooperation/weapon technology management function
- Research and Development function
- Procurement function of equipment, etc.
*Parts of logistics or engineering-related divisions in Ground / Maritime / Air Staff Offices are integrated into the ATLA and the rest are reorganized to Logistics Department.

Organization of the new Joint Staff Office

Disaster Relief Activity in the Wake of a Heavy Rain in Kanto and Tohoku Regions, September 2015

MOD FY2016 Budget Request

In the wake of a heavy rain in Kanto and Tohoku regions in September, the MOD/SDF conducted various disaster relief activities in Ibaraki, Miyagi, and Tochigi Prefectures in response to requests for a disaster relief dispatch from respective prefectures.

On September 10th, emergency warning of heavy rain was issued in Ibaraki Prefecture. Kinugawa River overflowed, and the dike collapsed. On the same day, Governor of Ibaraki Prefecture requested for a disaster relief dispatch to principal of the GSDF Engineer School. The SDF conducted disaster relief activities: rescue operation of isolated residents, evacuation support by boats, flood fighting with sandbags, water supply, providing bathing facilities, epidemic prevention activity, and so on. Total of residents who were rescued by boats and aircraft is 2015. On September 19th, the SDF concluded its activities in Ibaraki Prefecture following a withdrawal request.

On September 11th, Miyagi and Tochigi Prefectures also made requests for a disaster relief dispatch, and the SDF conducted rescue operation of isolated residents. As isolation was resolved, the units withdrew on the same day.

10th International Peace Cooperation Basic Course
10th International Peace Cooperation Basic Course

Status of Scrambles through the First Half of FY2015

Status of Scrambles through the First Half of FY2015

The ASDF scrambled 343 times during the first half of FY2015. It marked a decrease of 190 times compared to the same period of previous year. The breakdown of scrambles by countries and regions was about 67% against Chinese aircraft, about 32% against Russian aircraft, and about 1% against other aircraft although the countries and regions include supposition.

Characteristics of Responses through the First Half of FY2015

The ASDF scrambled 231 times against Chinese aircraft in total, an increase of 24 times compared to the same period of previous year. It is the highest number since 2001, in which the MOD began publicizing the number of scrambles by countries and regions.

Also, the MOD publicized 7 cases as a peculiar flight.

The ASDF scrambled 108 times against Russian aircraft in total, a decrease of 216 times compared to the same period of previous year.

The MOD made a case public as airspace off the Nemuro Peninsula, Hokkaido, was violated on September 15th. Additionally, the MOD publicized 4 cases as a peculiar flight.

Scrambles against Russian and Chinese fighter aircraft were outstanding in frequency, compared to other types of aircraft of each country, although this includes estimation.

The period of this data is from April 1st, 2015, to September 30th, 2015.

Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Second Quarter of FY 2015

Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Second Quarter of FY 2015

Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Second Quarter of FY 2015

Aerial Activities of P-3C Patrol Aircraft off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

Record of Mission (July through September, 2015)

1. Number of flights: 40 flights (Accumulated Total(AT): 1,415 flights)
2. Flight hours: Approx. 470 hours (AT: Approx. 10,910 hours)
3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships: Approx. 5,500 ships (AT: Approx. 117,100 ships)
4. Number of times of information sharing to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approx. 340 times (AT: Approx.11,290 times)

Escort Operations Performed by MSDF Units in the Same Area

Record of Mission (July through September, 2015)

1. Number of escort operations: 18 times (The 622th - 639st escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
2. Number of escorted vessels: 32 vessels (AT 3,609 of escorted vessels since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
[Breakdown]
Japanese-registered ships: 0 (AT: 17 )
Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies: 4 (AT: 654)
Foreign ships other than above: 28 (AT: 2,938)
*The above record does not include the 1st - 41st escort operation performed as Maritime Security Activities.

Zone Defense performed in the same area

Record of Mission (July through September, 2015)

1. Number of days: 74 (AT: 509 days)
2. Number of commercial vessels confirmed: Approx. 580 (AT: 12,200 vessels)

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