JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.70


Round Table Talk in Akita City, Akita Prefecture

Round Table Talk in Akita City, Akita Prefecture

On October 23rd, 2015, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Hiromichi Kumada had a “Round Table Talk” in Akita City, Akita Prefecture, with local residents under the theme of “Deepening Trust between the SDF and the Local Communities.” This time marked the fifth meeting of its kind for the MOD. “Round Table Talk” is an opportunity for ministers, state ministers, and parliamentary vice-ministers to sit in a circle and hold a close discussion with locals to listen to what they have to say in detail and in turn explain the government’s vital policies to them.

In Akita Prefecture, as the Prefecture and City annually host comprehensive disaster drills, in which the SDF takes part, locals have been improving their awareness of disaster prevention in an integrated manner. It was a valuable opportunity for the MOD to directly talk to people living in this region in order to utilize for future policies.

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