JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.85

MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Minister of Defense’s Visit to Guam

Minister of Defense’s Visit to Guam
Minister of Defense’s Visit to Guam
Minister of Defense’s Visit to Guam

From January 12th to 13th 2017, Minister of Defense Inada visited Guam to see the progress of the relocation project of the U.S. Marine Corps personnel stationed in Okinawa to Guam. She visited the areas related to the Guam relocation project including the Andersen Air Force Base and the Naval Base Guam in Apra, and also observed the U.S. Forces stationed in Guam. In addition, she observed the strategic bomber, the Global Hawk, and the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) at the Andersen Air Force Base.

Minister of Defense’s Visit to Guam

Minister of Defense Inada stated her impression of visiting the Andersen Air Force Base as follows at the subsequent press conference.

“I visited Andersen Air Force Base and practically confirmed the progress of an important project, the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps personnel in Okinawa to Guam, which aims to maintain the deterrence capability of the Japan-U.S. Alliance and mitigate the impact on Okinawa, which is one of the most important challenges faced by the Abe administration. I also closely observed the equipment of the U.S. Pacific Command deployed in Guam under the increasingly severe environment surrounding Japan, and as a result, my confidence in the extended deterrence provided by the United States has increased and my understanding of the United States’ commitment to the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region has been deepened. Speaking of THAAD, the North Korean nuclear weapons and missiles threats have entered a new stage. In this situation, I believe that it was very meaningful to observe THAAD as part of our initiatives to consider new assets and our missile defense posture.”

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