JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.75

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State Minister of Defense Wakamiya Attended the Munich Security Conference and Held Bilateral Talks

State Minister of Defense Wakamiya Attended the Munich Security Conference and Held Bilateral Talks

From February 12th to 14th, State Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya attended the 52nd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, and also held bilateral talks with defense ministers and others from six participating countries.

Munich Security Conference

Over a thousand participants including observers took part in this year’s conference. Those who attended included heads of state and ministers from Germany (Federal Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen), the United Kingdom (Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon), and France (Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian). They broadly discussed global security challenges, such as counter-terrorism measures, refugee crisis, and situation of the Middle East and Africa.

French Defence Minister’s Special Advisor Mr. Jean-Claude Mallet

Mr. Mallet and Mr.Wakamiya welcomed the progress on Japan-France defense cooperation and exchanges, such as Japan-France Foreign and Defense Ministers’ Meeting. They then confirmed to further promote future cooperation, including defense equipment cooperation. They shared recognition of recent terror threats and concurred on necessity for cooperation between the two countries.

Canadian Minister of National Defence Mr. Harjit Singh Sajjan

Minister Sajjan and State Minister Wakamiya reaffirmed tradition of bilateral defense exchanges such as PKO field. They agreed to address regional issues between the two countries, which are Pacific Ocean states. In addition, they agreed to share experiences on counter-terrorism measures.

State Minister of Defense Wakamiya Attended the Munich Security Conference and Held Bilateral Talks
State Minister of Defense Wakamiya Attended the Munich Security Conference and Held Bilateral Talks

Italian Minister of Defence Ms. Roberta Pinotti

Based on the fact that only Japan and Italy have F-35’s Final Assembly and Check-Out (FACO) facility other than the U.S., Minister Pinotti and State Minister Wakamiya agreed to further enhancing defense equipment cooperation and bilateral defense exchanges, including invitation of the Italian Minister of Defence to visit Japan in the near future.

Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Defence of Germany Dr. Ralf Brauksiepe

They exchanged views on regional situations of East Asia and Europe and agreed that the two countries that share common values would respond hand in hand to security challenges. They also exchanged views on the concrete direction of bilateral defense cooperation and the way forward for international cooperation.

Swedish Minister for Defence Mr. Peter Hultqvist

Minister Hultqvist and State Minster Wakamiya confirmed the steady progress of bilateral defense exchanges, including the working-level consultations based on the Memorandum on Defense Exchanges. They also agreed to continue discussions at the working level in order to further promote defense equipment cooperation between the two countries who have sophisticated technology.

Singaporean Minister for Defence Dr. Ng Eng Hen

Minister Ng and State Minister Wakamiya had a candid exchange of opinion on regional situation such as North Korea’s situation. At the same time, they agreed to strengthen cooperation between Japan and Singapore as well as Japan and ASEAN countries for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

General Iwata, Chief of Staff, GSDF, Visited Brazil

General Iwata, Chief of Staff, GSDF, Visited Brazil

General Kiyofumi Iwata, Chief of Staff, GSDF, visited Brazil from February 20th to 28th upon receiving an official invitation from the Commander of the Brazilian Army. He was the first Chief of Staff from all three services to visit Brazil.

During the visit, he had discussions with General Villas Boas, Commander of the Brazilian Army, and Admiral Sobrinho, Chief of the Joint Staff of the Brazilian Armed Forces in the capital city of Brasilia. They shared the view to begin defense cooperation and exchanges in earnest between the two countries.

In addition, General Iwata visited the Amazon Military Command in Manaus and the 4th Mechanized Cavalry Brigade in Dourados, and observed frontline units of the Brazilian Army.

General Iwata, Chief of Staff, GSDF, Visited Brazil
General Iwata, Chief of Staff, GSDF, Visited Brazil
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