JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.79


2016 Prince Pickles and Parsley Tour at the MOD –Annual Summer Tour at the MOD for Kids–

The SDF Joint Concert 2016
Exercise Malabar 2016
Exercise Malabar 2016

On July 27th and 28th, 2016, the MOD had kids group tour, with the purpose of deepening their understanding on the current situation of the MOD/SDF and issues related to defense.

It is part of “Children’s Kasumigaseki Study Tour,” an annual summer event jointly organized by ministries and agencies of the Government of Japan that allows children to visit government offices and learn about their activities.

The tour at the MOD, named after its official cartoon character, Prince Pickles and Parsley, was very successful with approximately 120 participants for two days consisting of children from elementary and junior high school along with their guardians. Children met with Minister of Defense Nakatani and asked lots of questions in his office. For lunch, they had the MOD special curry and rice, specially cooked by chefs from the GSDF, the MSDF, and the ASDF in Ichigaya district with their collected wisdom. They also practiced flag signaling, saw defense equipment such as helicopter and vehicles, and watched a training of the Honor Guard among other activities.

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