JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.92

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Minister of Defense Succession Ceremony

Minister of Defense Succession Ceremony
Minister of Defense Succession Ceremony

On August 3rd, the Third Reshuffled Third Abe Cabinet was assembled and Itsunori Onodera, a member of the House of Representatives, was appointed as the 17th Minister of Defense.

On August 4th, the new Minister of Defense Onodera arrived at the MOD where he received an honor guard and gave instructions to the staffs during the inauguration ceremony. During the instructions, Minister Onodera expressed his enthusiasm saying, “I am honored to be appointed one again to fulfill the noble and fundamental mission of the defense of Japan together with the 250,000 personnel of the JSDF. At the same time, I am keenly aware of the heavy responsibility that this appointment entails. The security environment surrounding Japan today is growing increasingly severe due in part to North Korea’s nuclear and missile development and repeated launches of ballistic missiles, China’s ongoing attempts to change the status quo in the East China Sea and South China Sea based on its own assertions, and the threat of international terrorism. Given this situation, we must take every possible measure for the defense of Japan. I will succeed to the heritages of our predecessors carried on for more than 60 years since the JSDF’s establishment, and will put my utmost efforts in my duties with all of you under such severe security environment in order to secure the lives and peaceful livelihood of the Japanese people, to live up to the expectation of the international community, and contribute to world peace under the Constitution of Japan.

After the instruction, the new and former Ministers of Defense met for the succession of duties.

Itsunori Onodera
Itsunori Onodera

About

Date of birth : 5 May 1960
Constituency : Miyagi 6th District
Domicile : Miyagi Prefecture

Biography

Mar. 1983 Graduated from Tokyo University of Fisheries
(Department of Marine Environmental Science and Technology, Faculty of Fisheries)
Apr. 1983 Joined Miyagi Prefectural Government
Mar. 1990 Retired from Miyagi Prefecture Government
Apr. 1990 Entered the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management
(11th graduating class)
Mar. 1993 Completed study at Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo
Jan. 1998 Guest Professor, Tohoku Fukushi University
Sep. 2000 Visiting Research Fellow, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Political Career

Dec. 1997 Elected as member of the House of Representatives (HR)
Nov. 2003 Returned as member of the HR (2nd term)
Director, Special Committee on Prevention of International Terrorism and Japan’s Cooperation and Support; Humanitarian Assistance for Reconstruction in Iraq, HR
Sep. 2004 Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Sep. 2005 Returned as member of the HR (3rd term)
Nov. 2005 Director, Committee on Foreign Affairs, HR
Aug. 2007 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
Aug. 2008 Director, Committee on Rules and Administration, HR
Director, Committee on Foreign Affairs, HR
Aug. 2009 Elected as member of the HR (4th term)
Sep. 2009 Director, Committee on Foreign Affairs, HR
Oct. 2012 Chairman, Special Committee on Okinawa and Northern Problems
Dec. 2012 Elected as member of the HR (5th term)
Minister of Defense
Sep. 2014 Senior Director, Committee on Security
Member of the Special Committee on Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake
Dec. 2014 Elected as member of the HR (6th term)
Jan. 2015 Senior Director, Committee on Security
Member of the Special Committee on Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake
Member of the Special Committee on the Legislation for Peace and Security of Japan and the International Community
Aug. 2017 Minister of Defense

Defense of Japan 2017 Issued

Defense of Japan 2017 Issued

The Defense White Paper for FY2017, “Defense of Japan 2017,” was distributed at the Cabinet Meeting on August 8th. The white paper is published every summer to promote public understanding of Japan’s defense policy. This year marks 43rd issue.

“Defense of Japan 2017” comprises three parts the same as “Defense of Japan 2016.” It mainly describes respective policies below.


1. Columns and figures thoroughly explain the security threats which entered a new stage considering North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles as well as its enhancement of operational capabilities.

2. It is explained that China is poised to fulfill its unilateral demands without compromises, raising strong concerns on the security environment of the region including Japan and of the international community.

3. New U.S. policy of Trump administration inaugurated in January is described to a maximum extent. Additionally, previous Japan-U.S. Summit and Japan-U.S. Defense Ministerial meetings are listed.

4. Since the legislation for peace and security was enforced in March 2016, activities of the JSDF based on the legislation have been newly added.

5. In light of the importance of human foundation and organization that supports the JSDF, a new chapter on personnel and educational measures has been added to offer a thorough explanation on recruitment, education, promotion of the active participation of female personnel, and enhancement of medical functions.


In addition to a printed copy, the Defense White Paper is available in digital book as well as a digest version for smartphones in order to provide greater access.

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