JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.92

ACTIVITIES  ACTIVITIES

The Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Committee (2+2)

The Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Committee (2+2)

The Japan-U.S. 2+2 held on August 17th was the first opportunity for representatives from all four security-related cabinets to meet with one another since the inauguration of the Trump administration. In-depth discussions were held on the regional security environment and a direction was indicated regarding efforts to reinforce the Japan-U.S. Alliance with the Trump administration. In addition, regarding the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan, reaffirmation was made on the steady implementation of the current plan.

Specifically, with regard to the regional situation, both sides strongly condemned North Korea’s development of nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, and reaffirmed the need to bolster the capabilities of the Alliance to deter and respond to these threats. At the same time, both sides agreed to continue to pressure North Korea and reaffirmed the role of China in this process.

Both sides shared concerns about the security environment in the East China Sea and South China Sea, confirmed that Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty applies to the Senkaku Islands, and emphasized the importance of continued engagement in the South China Sea.

The ministers also gave the guidance to their staffs to identify measures to reinforce the Japan-U.S. Alliance, including through reviewing roles, missions and capabilities.

The ministers reaffirmed the steady implementation of the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan, including the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma to Henoko and the relocation of Marine Corps personnel in Okinawa to Guam.

As the security environment surrounding Japan is becoming increasingly severe, it is very meaningful that the defense and foreign ministers of Japan and the United States were able to reaffirm the points outlined above during the first meeting since the inauguration of the Trump administration. In line with the 2+2 Joint Statement, Japan is committed to further reinforcing the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. Alliance.

Early Return of a Portion of Land of MCAS Futenma

Early Return of a Portion of Land of MCAS Futenma

The return of land along the eastern side of MCAS Futenma was achieved on July 31st, 2017 in accordance with an agreement between the governments of Japan and the United States.

This return was achieved after more than 30 years since it was requested in 1986. It was announced in the Japan-U.S. Joint Press Release made in December 2015 that this parts of land returns stated in the Consolidation Plan for Facilities and Areas in Okinawa would be accelerated.

The return of this land will contribute to alleviate traffic congestion in the surrounding area once the entire Ginowan City municipal road 11 opens to traffic.

Participation in Multilateral Exercise Khaan Quest 17

Participation in Multilateral Exercise Khaan Quest 17
Participation in Multilateral Exercise Khaan Quest 17

From July 23rd to August 5th, the JSDF participated in a multilateral exercise in Mongolia called Exercise Khaan Quest 17 co-sponsored by Mongolia and the United States. This multilateral exercise is organized with the goal of improving various skills related to UN peacekeeping operations as well as reinforcing mutual understanding and trust among participating countries. Approx. 1,000 personnel took part in this exercise from various regions including the Asia Pacific and Europe.

The JSDF sent a platoon-sized unit (approx. 50 personnel) including instructors, and carried out field training related to UN peacekeeping operations.

Participation in Multilateral Exercise Khaan Quest 17
Participation in Multilateral Exercise Khaan Quest 17

JASDF Chief of Staff Sugiyama Participates in an International Air Show in the UK

JASDF CHief of Staff Sugiyama Participates in an International Air Show in the UK
JASDF CHief of Staff Sugiyama Participates in an International Air Show in the UK

From July 11th to 16th, JASDF Chief of Staff, GEN Sugiyama participated in the Air Power Conference and Royal International Air Tattoo air show organized by the Royal Air Force (RAF) at the invitation of the RAF Chief of the Air Staff.

Taking advantage of this opportunity, the JASDF Chief of Staff met with his counterparts at the symposium, including RAF Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force General David L. Goldfein, RAAF Chief of Air Force Marshal Leo Davies, and Commander of the Finnish Air Force Major General Sampo Ilmari Eskelinen. During these meetings, the parties involved discussed a broad range of topics regarding the regional situation as well as defense cooperation and exchanges.

In the future, the JSDF will continue to build relationships with other countries and air forces through various opportunities.

JASDF CHief of Staff Sugiyama Participates in an International Air Show in the UK
JASDF CHief of Staff Sugiyama Participates in an International Air Show in the UK

DDH Izumo Stops at a Port in Sri Lanka and Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa Makes a Courtesy Call to the President of Sri Lanka

DDH Izumo Stops at a Port in Sri Lanka and Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa Makes a Courtesy Call to the President of Sri Lanka

On July 21st, State Minister of Defence of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Ruwan Wijayawardene boarded the JMSDF DDH Izumo that was calling in the Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka.

State Minister of Defence Wijayawardene received a welcome by Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa. After exchanging pleasantries, State Minister of Defence Wijayawardene toured the onboard medical facilities and command area of DDH Izumo together with Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa and Rear Admiral Goka, Commander, Escort Flotilla One. In addition, State Minister of Defence Wijayawardene and Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa held a friendly and candid discussion on bilateral relations and future defense exchanges between Japan and Sri Lanka.

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa stated his belief that this visit to the Izumo, which is a key component of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) activities, is very meaningful from the standpoint of enhancing cooperation and collaboration between Japan and Sri Lanka in this field. In response, State Minister of Defence Wijayawardene praised the advanced HA/DR capabilities of DDH Izumo and stated his hope for the further enhancement of defense cooperation with Japan.

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa made a courtesy call to President Maithripala Sirisena and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wasantha Senanayake. During the meeting, the parties involved held a discussion on bilateral relations between Japan and Sri Lanka, and other matters.

CH-47J/JA

CH-47J/JA

For this edition, we will take a closer look at the CH-47J/JA, large transport helicopter known for its unique twin main rotor design.

The CH-47 J/JA is known as a tandem rotor helicopter. The JGSDF deployed the CH-47J and the CH-47JA, and the JASDF deployed the CH-47J. The color of camouflage of the JGSDF CH-47J/JA is deeper than that of the JASDF CH-47J.

Recently, the JSDF deployed the CH-47JA (JGSDF) and CH-47J (JASDF) with performance upgrades that extend its range. This particular version of the helicopter plays an important role in both transport of JSDF’s members or supplies as well as dispatch for disaster assistance and international disaster relief activities.


Specifications and performance
  • ▷Crew and passengers:
        CH-47J/JA(JGSDF) / 3(pilots, etc.) + 55 passengers
        CH-47J(JASDF) / 5(pilots, etc.) + 48 passengers
  • ▷Cruising speed: approx. 260 km/h
  • ▷Range: approx. 1,000 km/h(500km/h for the JGSDF CH-47J)
  • ▷Width: 18.29 m
  • ▷Length: 30.18 m
  • ▷Height: 5.69 m
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