JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.81

ACTIVITIES

MOD FY2017 Budget Request

MOD FY2017 Budget Request

MOD FY2017 Budget Request

The MOD released its overview of FY2017 budget request at the end of August.

The budget request for FY2017 states that the MOD will continue to steadily improve defense capabilities in order to develop a Dynamic Joint Defense Force, as the fourth fiscal year of defense build-up in accordance with the National Defense Program Guidelines and the Medium Term Defense Program approved by the Cabinet in 2013.

The MOD will build defense capabilities with particular emphasis on ISR capabilities, intelligence capabilities, transportation capabilities, command and control, information and communications capabilities, response to an attack on remote islands, response to ballistic missile attacks, responses in outer space and cyber space, responses to major disasters, and responses focused on international peace cooperation activities and other similar activities in the light of securing technological superiority, and maintaining defense production and technological bases. These defense capabilities will allow the MOD/SDF to seamlessly and swiftly play a role in practicing effective deterrence and response to various situations, stabilization of the Asia-Pacific region, and improvement of global security environments while attempting to further improve the joint functions.

In light of the increasingly severe fiscal situations, the MOD will strive to achieve greater efficiency and streamlining in order for the compatibility with other national policies through initiatives such as long-term contracts.

Pacific Partnership 2016 – Activities in Indonesia

Pacific Partnership 2016 - Activities in Indonesia

From August 22nd to 24th, Japan participated in Pacific Partnership 2016 activities in Indonesia. Pacific Partnership, which started in 2007, is an initiative organized by the U.S. Forces. Naval vessels mainly from the U.S. Navy visit the Asia-Pacific region to provide medical assistance, conduct civil engineering activities, and engage in cultural exchanges. PP also strengthens collaboration between participating countries and enhances international disaster relief responses through cooperation with government, military, international organizations, and NGOs in each country.

Pacific Partnership 2016 - Activities in Indonesia

This year, the MOD/SDF participated in Pacific Partnership activities in Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Palau and Indonesia.

On August 23rd, JASDF Colonel Tetsuya Tsujimoto, Director of Logistics (Medical) from the Joint Staff Office, participated in a Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) session held at Padang City Hall in Indonesia, where he gave a presentation about Japan’s Aero-Medical Evacuation Squadron. This session was attended by 60 personnel from the Indonesian military, 20 personnel from the U.S. Forces, personnel from the Australian and New Zealand militaries, and 10 staff working for the City of Padang. Colonel Tsujimoto talked about JSDF’s Mobile Health Unit* which improves the onboard environment of aircraft used for medical transport and he provided an overview of the Unit’s current status. Participants from the Indonesian military showed a strong interest in this presentation.

Pacific Partnership 2016 - Activities in Indonesia

For this year’s Pacific Partnership, the SDF dispatched a transport vessel from the MSDF to Vietnam and Palau to contribute to medical activities, facility repairs, and cultural exchange opportunities. In Timor-Leste and Indonesia, the SDF took part in seminars and shared Japan’s expertise in the field of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Pacific Partnership is the largest form for disaster response training through multilateral cooperation in the entire Asia-Pacific region. It is also the largest opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences between participating countries. Going forward, Japan is going to participate in various ways in PP, to cooperate with many actors in the region and develop stronger relationships.


*Mobile Health Unit: Developed after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, the SDF introduced this medical assistance unit that operates in the aircraft. It provides safer circumstance to transport patients by aircraft.

Comprehensive Disaster Preparedness Drills “Disaster Prevention Day”

Comprehensive Disaster Preparedness Drills “Disaster Prevention Day”

On the Disaster Prevention Day, September 1st, the MOD/SDF participated in comprehensive disaster preparedness drills hosted by the Cabinet Office in order to ensure the prompt and effective disaster relief activities in case of an earthquake in the Nankai Tough and an earthquake occurring directly beneath the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. Defense Minister Inada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa, and Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Kobayashi observed the joint disaster preparedness drill involving nine local governments held in Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture.

Japan-Saudi Arabia Defense Ministerial Meeting
Japan-Saudi Arabia Defense Ministerial Meeting
Japan-Saudi Arabia Defense Ministerial Meeting
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