JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.72

MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Japan-Australia Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-Republic of Korea Defense Ministerial Meeting

AustralianOn November 22nd, Defense Minister Nakatani met with his Australian counterpart, Defence Minister Payne in Sydney for a Defense Ministerial Meeting. During the meeting, the ministers exchanged views on a broad range of topics including the situation in the South China Sea and bilateral cooperation in the field of defense, such as joint training, personnel exchanges, and Japan-Australia submarine cooperation.

Minister of Defense Nakatani Visits Commander Harris, U.S. Pacific Command, and Others

AustralianFrom November 22nd to 24th (local time), Defense Minister Gen Nakatani visited Hawaii and met with Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and others, as well as received tours of the U.S. Forces.

Meeting with Commander Harris, U.S. Pacific Command

Look Back on the Year of 2015

During the meeting, Minister Nakatani and Admiral Harris confirmed that closer cooperation with the USPACOM will be implemented in the future given the establishment of the Alliance Coordination Mechanism (ACM) and the Bilateral Planning Mechanism (BPM). With regard to the situation in the South China Sea, Minister Nakatani conveyed that the efforts made by the U.S. Forces are playing a leading role among the international community to protect the open, free and peaceful seas and that Japan supports the USPACOM, which is fulfilling its important responsibility at the frontline of such initiative. They affirmed the importance of Japan-U.S.-ROK and Japan-U.S.-Australia cooperation as well as strengthening cooperation intended for regional peace and stability through joint training exercises including transit together on the high seas, and capacity building assistance for Southeast Asian countries. Furthermore, Minister Nakatani requested further mitigation of impact on Okinawa, including the relocation of the U.S. Marine Forces in Okinawa to Guam.

Meeting with Deputy Commander Mahoney, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

Look Back on the Year of 2015

Brigadier General Mahoney, Deputy Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, briefed Minister Nakatani on the cause of the hard landing of an MV-22 that occurred earlier in Hawaii in May this year. Brigadier General Mahoney also explained preventive measures. Minister Nakatani once again requested that the safety of Osprey flights be ensured.

Meeting with Commanding General Brooks, U.S. Army Pacific

Look Back on the Year of 2015

Minister Nakatani and General Brooks, Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific, exchanged their views on how future cooperation between the GSDF and U.S. Army Pacific should be, especially such cooperation after the scheduled establishment of the new Ground Central Command in FY2017. They agreed to promote Japan-U.S.-ROK and Japan-U.S.-Australia cooperation.

Meeting with Commander Swift, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Look Back on the Year of 2015

Minister Nakatani and Admiral Swift, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, exchanged their views on the regional situation in the South China Sea and East China Sea as well as on capacity building assistance for Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines and Vietnam.

Meeting with Commander Robinson, Pacific Air Forces

Look Back on the Year of 2015

Minister Nakatani and General Robinson, Commander, Pacific Air Forces, agreed to further advance cooperation in joint exercises between the ASDF and Pacific Air Forces. They also exchanged their views on Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD).

Japan-Georgia Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-Republic of Korea Defense Ministerial Meeting

AustralianDefense Minister Nakatani held a defense ministerial meeting with Defence Minister of Georgia Khidasheli on November 12th in Tokyo and exchanged views on defense policies of the two countries and future defense exchanges.

Before the meeting, both Ministers signed Memorandum on defense exchange between the MOD of Japan and the Ministry of Defence of Georgia. The Memorandum states the facilitation of defense exchange between the two countries through working level exchanges and exchanges in education and research fields.

1. Opening Remarks

Minister Nakatani welcomed the visit by Minister Khidasheli and stated that the signing of the Memorandum on Japan-Georgia defense exchange represents a large first step forward for the development of defense exchanges between the two countries. In response, Minister Khidasheli expressed her appreciation for the hosting of her visit and noted her intention to engage in more active defense exchanges between Japan and Georgia.

2. Defense Policy

Minister Nakatani explained ‘Proactive Contribution to Peace’ based on the principle of international cooperation and Japan’s Legislation for Peace and Security. Minister Khidasheli welcomed Japan’s efforts.

3. Regional Situation

Both ministers exchanged views on regional situation surrounding the two countries and reaffirmed the importance of peaceful settlement of disputes based on international law.

4. Defense Exchanges between Japan and Georgia

Both ministers expressed their expectations for working level exchanges as well as education and research in the future under the signed Memorandum, and shared the view that they will exchange views on mutual matters of interest including regional situations surrounding the two countries.

Japan-Vietnam Defense Ministerial Meeting
Japan-Vietnam Defense Ministerial Meeting

Japan-Czech Republic Defense Ministerial Meeting

AustralianOn December 4th, Minster of Defense Gen Nakatani held a ministerial meeting with Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic Martin Stropnicky during his visit to Japan. During their meeting, the two ministers shared their views on both countries’ defense policies and the potential for future defense exchanges. In addition, they talked about the regional situation and other matters during a working lunch.

Before the meeting, both Ministers signed Memorandum on defense exchange between the MOD of Japan and the Ministry of Defence of Georgia. The Memorandum states the facilitation of defense exchange between the two countries through working level exchanges and exchanges in education and research fields.

1. Opening Remarks

Minister Nakatani welcomed Minister Stropnicky on his first visit to Japan and stated that this meeting represented a significant first step in defense exchanges between the two countries. In response, Minister Stropnicky expressed his appreciation for being hosted for this visit and his expectations that this visit will pave the way for defense exchanges between Japan and the Czech Republic.

2. Defense Policy of Both Countries

Minister Nakatani explained about Japan’s Legislation for Peace and Security and the Three Principles on Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology and in response Minister Stropnicky stated his support for Japan’s initiatives.

3. Potential for Defense Exchanges

Both ministers shared the same awareness that this meeting presented a meaningful opportunity for deepening understanding of the situation surrounding each country and both countries’ initiatives. They also agreed to create future opportunities for discussions and to sharing matters of interest for both parties.

Japan-Vietnam Defense Ministerial Meeting
Japan-Vietnam Defense Ministerial Meeting

Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Joint Staff, Met with Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff

Japan-Republic of Korea Defense Ministerial Meeting

AustralianThe Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., met with the SDF Chief of the Joint Staff, Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano on November 4th, 2015 at the MOD in Tokyo. They shared their perspectives on the security environment in the Asia-Pacific region and discussed strengthening the Japan-U.S. Alliance.

Both reaffirmed that the Japan-U.S. Alliance has played an indispensable role in ensuring the peace and security of both countries, as well as the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. They also shared recognition of the need to expand alliance cooperation.

Both discussed Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation, and the importance of swiftly implementing them to enhance the Alliance’s deterrence and its ability to respond to crises.

They discussed approaches to common challenges in the region, their shared recognition of the importance of rule of law in the international community, and the importance of strengthening the Japan-U.S. Alliance to continue ensuring security and stability in the region.

Japan-Vietnam Defense Ministerial Meeting
Japan-Vietnam Defense Ministerial Meeting

Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Joint Staff Met with Chief of Defence Force, Malaysian Armed Forces

Japan-Republic of Korea Defense Ministerial Meeting

AustralianOn November 24th, General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin, Chief of Defence Force, Malaysian Armed Forces, paid an official visit to the MOD at the invitation of Admiral Kawano, Chief of Joint Staff. This marked the second official visit by Malaysia’s Chief of Defence Force and the first in 12 years since 2003.

At the meeting, both parties confirmed that Japan and Malaysia will work together in the field of security and continue close collaboration for the peace and stability of the region, based on the shared awareness that ensuring peace and stability in the region is essential to achieving a prosperous international society.

Admiral Kawano welcomed the progress of defense cooperation and exchange between both countries in recent years through the SDF’s participation in multilateral training exercises organized by Malaysia in order to enhance multilateral interoperability in U.N. peacekeeping operations. He also confirmed that further cooperation will take place through personnel exchanges between the PKO centers of each country and future involvement in similar joint training exercises. Admiral Kawano also stated that the SDF will continue its cooperation through various initiatives within the multilateral framework of ASEAN, for which Malaysia is serving as Chair this year.

General Zulkifeli expressed his appreciation for the SDF’s dispatching of P-3C and C-130 aircraft to aid in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight in the Indian Ocean in March 2014. He also stated that the Malaysian Armed Forces will actively cooperate in order to improve disaster response capabilities in the overall ASEAN region through the ADMM-Plus Experts’ Working Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, which Japan and Laos currently serve as co-chairs. General Zulkifeli shared his expectations for various activities of the SDF being conducted within ASEAN for the peace and stability of the region.

Japan-Republic of Korea Defense Ministerial Meeting
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