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Director of JPC participated in AAPTC.

COL Kei Sekiguchi, Director of the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), participated in the AAPTC* annual meeting held in Philippines from 26 June to 1 July. During the meeting, COL Sekiguchi exchanged information and opinions with representatives from member countries, who are concerned with international peacekeeping activities.

The JPC commits to steadily enhancing confidence and cooperation between partners in Asia-Pacific region by making the most of those opportunities.

*AAPTC: Association of Asia-Pacific Peace Operations Training Centers
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General Session Exchange of Opinions

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Australian experts visited JPC.

On 17 June 2016, COL Bradley Orchard, the Director of the National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace, and Security*, Office of Chief of Defence Force, Australia, paid a visit to the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC). He was accompanied by two personnel, and made a courtesy call to the Commandant of the Joint Staff College following the discussion with JPC research officers.

His primary purpose for visiting Japan this time was to participate in a research support program called gOperationalising Human Rights Norms in Peace Missionsh sponsored by the Australia-Japan Foundation, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Making good use of this opportunity, COL Orchard came to visit the JPC.

During the discussion with our research officers, COL Orchard presented a briefing on the progress of the NAP and shared with them his empirical knowledge and valuable insight regarding the execution of the Plan by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). In addition, he along with LtCmdr Jacqueline Swinton, a Legal Officer as well as the Gender Advisor, Royal Australian Navy and Ms. Amy Sheridan, the Assistant Director of Civil-Military Policy and Stabilization Section, DFAT held a lively discussion. They discussed various issues such as the role of the ADF Gender Advisor during international disaster relief activities, a role which LtCmdr Swinton actually filled in Fiji. The group also talked about the Guidelines for Protection of Civilians laid down this year by the Australian Government and the introduction of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 into the Exercise gTalisman Sabre 2015h, in both of which Ms. Sheridan had a lead role.

The JPC will continue to take advantage of these defense exchange opportunities to help our research officers further improve their capabilities and play our part in building strong partnerships with foreign countries.

* National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace, and Security: A plan determining specific working items and their target dates for each country to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Each member country decides on its own national plan; Australia (2012), Japan (2015)
COL Orchard (center) LtCmdr Swinton (left) Ms. Sheridan (right) Discussion
Courtesy Call with the Commandant of the Joint Staff College Gift Exchange with the Director of the JPC

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The 11th Basic Course

The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), of the Joint Staff College (JSC), held the 11th Basic Course in Tokyo between 30 May and 3 June 2016. There were 40 participants in the course, including 20 Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) officers, 8 Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) officers, 9 Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) officers, and one civilian each from the Ministry of Defense (MOD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Guest lecturers with specialized knowledge and experience in various fields are invited for the Course from both inside and outside of the SDF. For the 11th Course, we had Ms. Rumiko Seya, Director General, Japan Center for Conflict Prevention, Dr. Yuji Uesugi, Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University, and RADM Hiroshi Ito, Commander, Escort Flotilla Four, MSDF. From May through August 2015, RADM Ito assumed command of counter-piracy operations for Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden. His lecture covered various issues such as the meaning and significance of Japan's presence in international cooperation activities, operations by CTF-151 and latent factors contributing to piracy. By participating in the group workshop, in addition to receiving lectures by guest lectures and the JPC research officers, attendees deepened their knowledge about international peace cooperation activities.

The JPC will continue to direct its efforts to developing professionals who can contribute to international peace cooperation activities.
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Lecture by Ms. Seya, Director General, Japan Center for Conflict Prevention Lecture by Dr. Uesugi, Professor, School of Intl Liberal Studies, Waseda Univ.
Lecture by RADM Ito, Commander, Escort Flotilla Four, MSDF Lecture by the Executive Research Fellow, JPC

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Participation in the "Khaan Quest 2016"

Lt Col Daisuke Awaji, a research officer of the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), participated in the multinational peacekeeping operations exercise "Khaan Quest 2016", conducted in Mongolia from 21 May to 5 June. He acquired knowledge and skills required as a staff officer assigned to international peacekeeping missions.

The JPC will incorporate what he has learned into future course curricula of the Center.
Preparing materials at the simulated PKO HQ Meeting at the simulated PKO HQ

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Roll-out of the JPCfs New Logo

Since 1 July 2016, the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC)@has updated its logo mark. We appreciate your continued understanding and support to the activities of JPC.

New Logo

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Participation in the Training of Trainers Course

From 17 through 30 April 2016, LTC Yuichiro Endo, a research officer of the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), participated in the United Nations Training of Trainers (TOT) held in Malaysia.

This training program is co-hosted by the UN and its member countries, in order to foster instructors specialized in the UN peacekeeping operations. In October 2015, the JPC hosted the TOT in Tokyo, with the support of the UN. The TOT 2016 was co-hosted by the UN and Malaysia, accepted 30 participants from 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, and focused on "Protection of Civilians".

Through the program, LTC Endo was able not only to acquire the teaching methodology on the subject matter, but also broaden his views about the Protection of Civilians via lively discussions with participants from different countries. The JPC will incorporate what he has learned into future course curricula of the Center.
Participants
LTC Endo, practicing teaching Group discussion

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United Nations Staff Officersf Course 2016

The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), of the Joint Staff College (JSC), conducted the gUnited Nations Staff Officersf Course 2016h in Tokyo from 1 to 24 February 2016.

This was the fourth iteration of the course, which consists of two programs; one is open to SDF service members, and the other, based on UN standardized materials, is open to both SDF and non-SDF personnel. This yearfs course included 5 GSDF personnel, 2 MSDF personnel, 2 ASDF personnel, 1 MOD civil servant, 1 member of the cabinet office, 2 Australian military officers and 1 Malaysian military officer. Mr. Nakatani, the Minister of Defense, observed some of the discussions during the course.

In accordance with Japanfs policy that we will proactively engage in training peacebuilding experts and PKO personnel in various countries, the JPC will do our utmost to contribute towards international peace by providing quality educational services to help develop commanders and staff officers new to PKO missions, permitting them to meet the demands of increasingly diversified and complicated international peace cooperation activities.



Opening Ceremony Lecture by a research officer of JPC
Lecture by Dr. Uesugi, Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University Lecture by an instructor from abroad
Minister of Defense encouraged students @@ @Minister of Defense exchanged courtesies@@@@with instructors
Exercise Graduation Ceremony

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Participation in the ASEAN Peacekeeping Centersf Forum 2015

Dr. Ken Nakabayashi, Executive Research Fellow, the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), participated in the ASEAN Peacekeeping Centersf Forum 2015, held in Malaysia from 3 to 5 December 2015.

It became a good opportunity to share information concerning challenges the ASEAN member countries face in the peacekeeping activities. Dr. Nakabayashi introduced activities conducted by the JPC, which promoted the understanding of our efforts. All of the participants increased their mutual understanding through intensive dialogues.


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Visit to the Malaysian Peacekeeping Centre

Colonel Yoshihiro Yamasaki, Director of the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) and another Research Officer from the JPC visited the Malaysian Peacekeeping Centre (MPC) from 27 to 31 October, 2015.

The Malaysian Peacekeeping Training Center, the predecessor of the MPC, was established in 1995 and rebranded as the MPC in 2013. The primary mission of the MPC is to train the Malaysian Armed Forces personnel responsible for peacekeeping activities. During the visit, our personnel deepened their understanding of the MPCfs situation and were able to observe the centerfs activities. In addition, there was a beneficial exchange of opinions between the two directors. This visit will allow the JPC to contribute toward more effective international peacekeeping activities in the future.



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JPC Co-hosted Training of Trainers

The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) hosted the United Nations (UN) Training of Trainers (TOT) in Tokyo, with the support of the UN, from 12 - 23 October, 2015.

This training program has been co-sponsored by the UN, and its member countries, in order to foster instructors in their national peacekeeping training institutes or their peacekeeping troops. This was the first time the program was held in Japan. Five people including instructors from the UN Headquarters visited Japan for the program, which was focused on UN Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC). There were 27 participants from 14 different countries in the Asia-Pacific and Middle-East regions, among whom were six Japanese participants (four from Ground Self-Defense Force (one of them from the JPC), one from Maritime Self-Defense Force and one from Air Self-Defense Force).

All lectures, group discussions, and presentations were conducted in English. The participants quickly eased into the event and engaged in a lively discussion. Their in-depth dialogue enabled them to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be PKO instructors.

The JPC will continue to contribute to, and support, educational services for international peace cooperation activities.




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Participation in the Annual IAPTC Conference

Colonel Hidenori Ichigi, the Senior Research Officer of the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), participated in the annual conference of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC) which was held in Brazil from 28 September to 1 October, 2015.

The IAPTC hosts an annual conference with the intent of exchanging information and fostering mutual understanding among people affiliated with the education and training of peacekeeping operations for military, police, education/training centers, and civilian organizations in their respective countries. This yearfs theme was, gEnhancing the Effectiveness of Training through Integration, Partnerships and Evaluation.h As many as 218 participants from 52 different countries gathered together at the conference this year. It was a good opportunity to not only collect information and lessons regarding peacekeeping training, but to also promote the understanding of our education efforts and build networks with personnel from various countries.

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The 10th Basic Course

The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), of the Joint Staff College (JSC), held the 10th Basic Course in Tokyo between 28 September and 2 October 2015. There were 53 participants in the course, including 15 Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) officers, 16 Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) officers, 10 Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) officers, 6 civilians from Ministry of Defense (MOD), 1 person from Cabinet Office, and 5 persons from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

This was the largest number of personnel from outside of the SDF to participate in the basic course since it was first opened to external agencies in September 2014. All of the participants increased their mutual understanding through an intensive dialogue focused on the international peace cooperation activities the SDF has conducted.

Guest instructors, as well as the JPC research officers, delivered valuable lectures, from various viewpoints, on international peace cooperation activities.

The JPC will continue to contribute to and support educational services for international peace cooperation activities.


Opening Ceremony Group Photo
Class Rear Admiral (Retired) Ochiai, delivering his experience in the Persian Gulf
Lecture by Ms. Seya, Director General, Japan Center for Conflict Prevention Lecture by Dr. Uesugi, Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University

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Participation in the Gender Field Advisor Course

Major Takaaki TANAKA, a Research Officer@in the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), participated in the Gender Field Advisor Course, held at the Swedish Armed Forces International Center (SWEDINT)@from 24 August to 4 September 2015.

There were 31 students (12 male and 19 female) from 21 countries who participated in the course, which provided the knowledge and skills necessary for a gender field advisor, whose task is to support commanding officers and their staffs in both the planning process and during on-going operations, to make sure that we have a gender perspective in all decisions.

The JPC strives to contribute to international peace cooperation activities by participating in courses such as the Gender Field Advisor Course.

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The 2015 United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course

The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), of the Joint Staff College (JSC), conducted the 2015@United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course (PKOCCC) from 29 June to 17 July, 2015. This was the fourth iteration of the course. Nine students participated, including four personnel from the Ground Self-Defense Force, two from the Maritime Self-Defense Force, two from the Air Self-Defense Force and one civilian from the Ministry of Defense.

Japan has a policy to proactively undertake international peace cooperation activities. Our training course is just one part of the effort to develop the human resources necessary to implement that policy. Some of the graduates from the course will be dispatched overseas in the near future to participate in international peace cooperation activities. It is our sincere hope that they will demonstrate the skills learned from the training course while assisting the international peace cooperation activities.

The JPC will continue to provide the best educational services possible to match the human resource development requirements for our international peace cooperation activities.


Class Class
Class Class
Graduation Ceremony The Commandant of the JSC delivering a speech at the graduation ceremony

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The 9th Basic Course

The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), of the Joint Staff College (JSC), held the 9th Basic Course in Tokyo between 25 and 29 May 2015. There were 40 participants in the course, including 18 Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) officers, five Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) officers, 11 Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) officers, four civilians from the Ministry of Defense (MOD), one person from the Cabinet Office, and one person from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Throughout the course, the students increased their mutual understanding of each other. This will lead to tighter cooperation between the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and related government ministries performing international peace cooperation activities, which are complex affairs involving a multitude of different actors.

Special lecturers were invited from outside the SDF, making the course more productive and fruitful. The Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Kenji HARADA observed the course. Ms. Hiroko HASHIMOTO (the Japanese Representative to the UN CSW and the Principal of the Jumonji Junior & Senior High School) audited a lecture on ggenderh. In addition, many people from related government ministries audited lectures such as gthe protection of civiliansh, which is one of the major challenges that the UN is facing. This course was highly rated as a good educational opportunity to deepen the studentsf understanding of the diversity in peace cooperation activities, nations and religions.

The JPC will continue to contribute to and support educational services for international peace cooperation activities.



Lecture by Ms. Rumiko SEYA, Director General, Japan Center for Conflict Prevention Lecture by Dr. Yuji UESUGI, Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University
Col. Katsunobu ISHIBASHI, GSDF, describing his experiences in international peace cooperation activities The Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Kenji HARADA, observing a lecture
Lecture by the Executive Research Fellow, JPC Class
Students Graduation Ceremony

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AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Visits the JPC

Ambassador Smail Chergui, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, made a visit to the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) at the Joint Staff College (JSC) on 6 March, 2015.

During a courtesy call with the Commandant of the JSC, Ambassador Chergui expressed his appreciation for the operations conducted by the Japan Self-Defense Forces, including the UN peacekeeping operations in the South Sudan and the anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden.

During his visit Ambassador Chergui also received a briefing on the JPC and then participated in a forum where there was a fruitful exchange of opinions. During this forum he showed a high level of interest in the JPC, asking questions about the training courses and exercises the JPC offers, and its cooperative relationships with other PKO centers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Since August 2010, the JPC has been regularly invited to lecture at PKO centers in several African countries, including the Republic of Mali, the Republic of Ghana, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Republic of Kenya, and the Republic of South Africa.

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United Nations Staff Officersf Course 2015

The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), of the Joint Staff College (JSC), conducted the gUnited Nations Staff Officersf Course 2015h from 19 January to 10 February, 2015.
This was the third iteration of this JPC course, whose purpose is to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for staff officers to support peacekeeping operations (PKO.) The course consists of two programs; the first is open to SDF service members, and the latter, based on U.N. standardized materials, was opened to personnel from within and outside of the SDF.
This yearfs course included 12 SDF personnel, 1 person from the Cabinet Office, and 8 military officers from other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. Throughout the course, students learned the operational principles and procedures of U.N. PKO missions and gained the critical skills staff officers involved with PKO missions need, all while promoting friendly ties and increasing the mutual understanding among them.

In light of the increased necessity for integrated U.N. missions, there is a need to provide pre-deployment education to military personnel, police officers, and civilians at the same time in the same classroom. Since they will conduct international cooperation activities on site together, this joint training method will ensure they are able to cooperate closely with each other out in the field. The JPC will continue to do its utmost to provide better education, both at home and abroad, for personnel who will be proactively engaged in various peacekeeping activities.
This includes education for U.N. peacekeeping operations in order to assist maintaining international peace and security.

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The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Visits the JPC

Mr. Herve Ladsous, the Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), visited the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) at the Joint Staff College (JSC) on 14 January, 2015.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Secretariat of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters, Cabinet Office, invited Mr. Ladsous to Japan so he could exchange views with government officials related to peacekeeping operations (PKO.) As a part of the tour, he made a visit to the Ministry of Defense and the JPC, which provides education and training for PKO.

During this exchange of opinions, Mr. Ladsous stressed the important role of Japan as it contributes more actively to the international peace and security as a "proactive contributor to peace." Also, he expressed an expectation that the JPC will become a gMeccah for the PKO-related education of military personnel, police officers, and civilians.

The friendly relationship between the DPKO and the JSC has become stronger since Lieutenant General Maqsood Ahmed, Military Adviser of the DPKO, was invited to be a guest speaker at the gInternational Peace & Security Symposium 2014h organized by the JSC last December.

In order to live up to the high expectations of the UN, the JPC will redouble our efforts to meet the various challenges of providing education in this field, so that we may better respond to integrated UN missions.

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Visit to the JPC by the Philippine Military Officers

On 11 November 2014, Colonel Arturo Jose G. ORTICIO Jr. and 6 of staff officers from the General Headquarters, the Armed Forces of the Philippines made a visit to the Japan Peacekeeping Operation Center (JPC), the Joint Staff College, for the purpose of observing education and training for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief activities of our country.

Following an introduction of the JPC, there was a constructive discussion on lessons learned from our disaster relief activities, and the framework of the cooperation of the Asia-Pacific region in disaster responses.

Education, training and maintaining readiness for disaster relief activities are one of the significant challenges for the Philippines and Japan, both of which had affected by many natural disasters. Lessons learned from disaster relief activities in Leyte Island, which had suffered large-scale damage from the typhoon Haiyan, will contribute to our operations in the future.

The JPC will continue to contribute toward the disaster relief activities, given a high level of expectation of Japanfs leading commitment to this field in the Asia-Pacific region.

Exchange of Greetings

Colonel ORTICIO Jr.Receiving an Introduction of the JPC

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Participation in the CIMIC course held by NORDEFCO in Denmark

Dr. Ken Nakabayashi, Executive Research Fellow, the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), participated in the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) course held by the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) group at the Danish Army Intelligence Center in Varde Barracks, Denmark between 5 and 12 October 2014.

@The course provided a basic understanding of the definitions, objectives, components, principle tasks, and organization of the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC). In addition, experienced instructors delivered lectures including gCIMIC Tactics, Techniques and Proceduresh, gCross Cultural Awareness and gender issuesh, gWorld Food Program (WFP): Areas of Possible Cooperation with the Militaryh, gRole of International Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations in international or peace support operations and CIMIC relations with civil organisationsh, gCIMIC lessons learned from former and on-going operationsh and gNegotiation Techniquesh. All of these subjects are essential for personnel at the scene of action.

@We must decide on the best methods to implement CIMIC in our international peacekeeping operations, including international disaster relief activities. We can no longer afford to debate whether the military and civilian organizations should cooperate with each other. The evidence is clear that CIMIC is essential to peacekeeping operations. gCIMIC across Multiple Organizationsh and gStrengthening the Capacity of CIMICh are items included on the agenda of the World Humanitarian Summit to be held in 2016, suggesting that CIMIC is a significant matter we must face in current peacekeeping operations.

@The JPC will hereafter bring up gCIMICh as a topic of discussion for the 2014 symposium in order to deepen our understanding of CIMIC in peacekeeping operations. We will build a seminar focused on gCIMICh in order to disseminate this information as widely as possible. The knowledge and experience learned from the CIMIC course in Denmark will contribute to building this seminar and will promote our education efforts at the JPC.

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JPC Instructor Visits Kenya

Captain Hideki Hayashi, Chief of the Training and Research Office, Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), was a guest lecturer at the International Peace Support Training Center (IPSTC) in Kenya from the fifth to ninth of October, 2014.

@Located in Nairobi, Kenyafs capital, the IPSTC was established in 2001 and has become the leading regional center among the eastern African countries, including Sudan, the South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Madagascar, to educate personnel who will be engaged in peacekeeping operations (PKO) or peace-building activities. Recognizing the importance of peace implementation for development, Japan is providing support for the PKO centers in African countries, including the IPSTC, in order to improve PKO capabilities and to help secure regional stability. This was the third time the JPC was invited to participate in the IPSTCfs training programs.

@The theme of his lecture was gMaritime Operations and the Protection of Civilians. h The course, gProtection of Civiliansh, had twenty-seven students (including ten females) from the militaries, police forces and civilian organizations of ten countries including Kenya, Brazil, Burundi, the Comoros, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, the South Sudan and Mali. His lecture focused on the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution authorizing the on-going anti-piracy activities off the coast of Somalia, and the protection of civilians based on the UN standard materials. The lecture was particularly relevant for the students since both of these are currently critical issues confronting these countries and the UN mission in the region.

@Brigadier General R. G. Kabage, Director of IPSC asked the JPC to provide lectures on JSDF lessons learned from our disaster relief operations as a part of their course on gManagement of Disaster Relief Operationsh which will open next year. The JPC will support the IPSC in various fields, from creating education curriculums to delivering lectures, whenever we receive an official request. The JPC will make an utmost effort to strengthen the cooperation among the PKO centers across the world.

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JPC Research Officer Attended the ADMM-Plus Expert Working Groupfs PKO Workshop

The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) sent Lieutenant Colonel Hiroaki Takano, a JPC research officer, to the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM)-Plus Expert Working Groupfs Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) Workshop held in Seoul, South Korea between 24 and 26 September 2014.
@ADMM-Plus was established in October 2010 as a new framework for ASEAN defense ministersf and eight non-ASEAN defense ministers, including Japanfs, to meet. ADMM-Plus encourages and promotes ministry-level strategic dialogue and strengthens defense cooperation among the member countries militaries. ADMM-Plus provides six expert workshops throughout a three-year cycle, including: 1) maritime security, 2) military medicine, 3) counter-terrorism, 4) peacekeeping operations (PKO), 5) landmine disposal, and 6) humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

The main topics of the expert workshops in 2014 were as follows:
(1)@Explanation and discussion of recent policies, including urgent issues facing the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).
(2)@Discussion of PKO related operations in alliance with the member countries.
(3)@Policies to exchange and share information between member countries.
(4)@Creating a database to share PKO information and materials among member countries.

@There was an active exchange of the delegatesf opinions at the DPKO. To achieve the proposed steps and measures, there was a high level of expectation that the gPlush countries, including Japan, will provide support in the form of financing.

@The JPC will promote to the regional security environment by contributing education to PKO personnel in the Asia-Pacific region, deploying units to UN PKO, and tightening cooperation with other PKO centers in various countries in order to make a broad spectrum contribution.

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8th Basic Course

The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), the Joint Staff College (JSC) held the 8th Basic Course in Tokyo between 29 September and 3 October 2014. There were fifty participants in the course including nineteen Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) officers, sixteen Maritime Self-Defense Forces (MSDF) officers, ten Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) officers and 5 civilians including from Self-Defense Force (SDF) and a related ministry. Based on a guiding principle of gthe middle-term defense power improvement program in FY2014h to accept students at the JPC from outside SDF, one civilian from Ministry of Foreign Affairs joined in the course and many persons concerned with other ministries and government offices attended lectures including gGenderh and gProtection of the Civilian.h This was the second time that the JPC practiced integration of the students from outside SDF. In July 2014, foreign military officers and persons concerned with other ministries and government attended the 3rd PKO Contingent Commandersf Course.

@Participation by a person related ministry besides JSDF officers in the Basic Course contributed to gstrengthen relationships and mutual understanding between JSDF and other ministryh at an education level for PKO operations. On the final day of the course, the former Rear Admiral Taosa Ochiai, who commanded a Minesweeping troop in the Persian Gulf dispatched overseas to conduct the very first JSDFfs peacekeeping mission as ga visible international contributionh in 1991, described his own precious experience during the mission in the Persian Gulf. It deepened our understanding more about importance of international cooperation.

@JPC, hereafter, will consider accepting students broadly and make utmost effort to educate people to serve to the public good.

Lectuture by the former RADM OCHIAI

Comprehensive Studies

Graduation ceremony

Lecture

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Director of the Vietnam Peacekeeping Center visited JPC

On 10 September 2014, Senior Colonel Hoang Kim Phung, Director of the Vietnam Peacekeeping Center and three of his staff officers visited the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), Joint Staff College.

@This was the second time that Vietnamese military officers visited the JPC; the first was during their participation in the United Nations Staff Officers' Course (UNSOC) held at the JPC in March 2013, just two months before the Vietnam Peace Keeping Center was established in May.

@Unlike PKO centers in other countries, the mission of the Vietnam Peace Keeping Center covers various topics, including the selection of which unit to deploy, equipment procurement, personnel affairs, supply procedures, methods to establish a leased line from the center to a dispatched unit, the United Nations memorandum of understanding on cooperation, and the agreement on status of forces.

@ @As a counterpart of the JPC in the education/training field, the Vietnam Peace-Keeping Center is in the same stage of development which the JPC was in throughout 2010 and the first half of 2011. At this stage they are developing the overseas peacekeeping operations (PKO) training curriculum and are studying operations for each training course.

@The JPC introduced the visiting delegation to the success in curriculum construction the JPC was able to achieve, including the essential elements of the curriculum and the critical points the organization faced. Colonel Hoang Kim Phung and his staff officers asked many questions and it was a very productive meeting.

@Though Vietnam deployed several staff officers to the South Sudan this year, they have had little experience in United Nations (UN) PKO, and therefore depend on support from other countries to provide the education and training of their staff officers, engineers and medical personnel if they should be required to deploy to PKO. The JPC sincerely hopes our support and friendly cooperation with the Vietnam Peacekeeping Center will contribute toward the strengthening of the relationship between Vietnam and Japan, thereby improving the security environments of our two countries.

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UN PKOCCC was Held 30 June - 18 July.

The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) held the gUnited Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course (PKOCCC) 2014h in Tokyo from June 30th to July 18th, 2014. This was the first class that accepted students from other Japanese ministries and from foreign militaries. These students came from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cabinet Office, the German Navy and Thai Army. The officers of the Japan Self Defense Force and the students from other agencies and nations, speaking in different languages and from different cultural backgrounds, engaged in very lively discussions throughout the course. The JPC will prepare future training courses which will integrate students from outside the Japan Self Defense force even better.

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Director of JPC Participated in IAPTC.

Colonel Fumiyuki Kobashi, Director of the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), participated in the annual meeting of the International@Association@of@Peacekeeping@Training@Center (IAPTC) in Sentul, Indonesia, 22-26 June 2014. Under the theme of gToward a Global Training Architecture,h participants engaged in a lively discussion about the current status of the training programs necessary to conduct peacekeeping missions and the challenges they face. In the gIdeas Bazaar,h Colonel Kobashi introduced the activities of the JPC to the other participants.

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JPC Research Officer Participated in UN TOT.

Lieutenant Colonel Hiroaki Takano, a Research Officer in the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), participated in the United Nations Training of Trainers (TOT) in Beijing, China, 16-27 June 2014. In the course, 33 participants from PKO centers all over the world learned training methods and conducted a staff officer exercise using UN standard materials. Participation in the course is helpful for the JPCfs future training courses, which are scheduled to be open to foreign military personnel.

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Director of JPC Attended the AAPTC Annual Meeting in Nepal.

Colonel Fumiyuki Kobashi, Director of Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), attended the 5th annual meeting of the Association of Asia-Pacific Peace Operations Training Centers (AAPTC) in Nepal between 1 April 2014 and 4 April 2014. AAPTC consists of the training and research institutions for peacekeeping and peace-building operations in the Asia-Pacific region, and has 17 member states including Japan. In the annual meeting, participants discussed how to promote exchange of instructors and students and train experts on protection of civilians in the region.
@The next AAPTC annual meeting is schedulued to be held in New Zealand in May 2015.

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JPC Sent Instructor to Kenya.

Captain (Navy) Hideki Hayashi, Chief, Training and Research Office, the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), was sent to the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC), Kenya, to give lectures 5-10 October 2013.

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Commandant of KAIPTC Visited JPC.

Major General Obed Boamah Akwa, Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Ghana, visited the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) on 27 September 2013. Major General Akwa paid a courtesy visit to Vice Admiral Toshiyuki Ito, Commandant of the Joint Staff College. After the courtesy visit, a research officer of JPC briefed about the JPCfs training and research activities and a KAIPTC staff member briefed about the structure of KAIPTC, particularly about the curriculum of conflict prevention. Following the briefing, Major General Akwa engaged in lively discussion with Colonel Fumiyuki Kobashi, Director of JPC, and other research officers about the current issues at both Centers. The discussion was very meaningful and interesting, and facilitated a closer relationship between Ghana and Japan.

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Monthly Workshop with IPCH was Held.

The fourth monthly workshop between the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) and the Cabinet Officefs International Peace Cooperation Headquarters (IPCH) was held at IPCH on 10 September 2013. Major Osamu Saito, a JPC Research Officer, gave a presentation based on the GPOI CAPSTONE Exercise 2013, and Ms. Seiko Toyama, a Program Advisor of IPCH, gave a presentation on educational support in the peacekeeping/peace-building phases. After each presentation, participants from both sides engaged in lively discussion.

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Director of JPC Visited UN Organizations.

Colonel Fumiyuki Kobashi, Director of the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), and three other JPC research officers participated in the United Nations Induction Program for Military and Police Advisers at the U.N. Headquarters, New York, 25-31 August 2013. During the program, Col. Kobashi and the JPC research officers also visited the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) in Pennsylvania and discussed the courses, symposiums, and workshops conducted by JPC.

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Director of JPC was Awarded Germanyfs@Order of Merit.

Colonel Fumiyuki Kobashi, Director of Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), was awarded the First-Class Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by Dr. Volker Stanzel, the German Ambassador to Japan, at the residence of the Ambassador on 13 August 2013. Colonel Kobashi served as a defense attaché at the Japanese Embassy in Berlin, Germany in 2009-2012.

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Monthly Workshop with IPCH was Held.

The third monthly workshop between the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) and the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters (IPCH), Cabinet Office was held at JPC on 5 August 2013. Ms. Tomoko Matsuzawa, a Program Advisor of IPCH, and Commander Masanori Amemiya, a Research Officer of JPC, gave presentations based on their respective research trips to the Republic of Uganda. Their presentations described the theme of gProtection of Civiliansh at the strategic, operational and tactical levels, which is an immediate issue in the United Nations peacekeeping operations. After each presentation, participants from both sides engaged in lively discussion.

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Staff Members of Brazilian Embassy in Japan Visited JPC.

Mr. João A. C.@Vargas, the second secretary of the Brazilian Embassy in Japan, and Captain (Navy) Costa Moura, a Brazilian military attaché in Japan, visited Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) on 29 July 2013. In the courtesy visit to Colonel Fumiyuki Kobashi, Director of JPC, Mr. Vargas described the lessons learned in the peacekeeping operations (PKO) at the United Nations, the United Nations policy of Brazil, and the structure of the PKO center of Brazil. Mr. Vargas and Captain Moura also engaged in lively discussion with JPC researchers following the courtesy visit.

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PKOCCC 2013 was held 1-19 July.

Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) held the gUnited Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course (PKOCCC) 2013h in Tokyo, 1-19 July 2013. On 2 July, the second day of the course, Mr. Yasushi Akashi, former U.N. Under-Secretary-General, gave a special lecture based on his experiences at the U.N.

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Director of JPC attended the AAPTC annual meeting in Mongolia.

Colonel Fumiyuki Kobashi, Director, Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) attended the annual meeting of the Association of Asia-Pacific Peace Operations Training Centers (AAPTC) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia between 1 July 2013 and 5 July 2013. AAPTC consists of the training and research institutions for peacekeeping and peace-building operations in the Asia-Pacific region. In the annual meeting, participants discussed how to cooperate mutually and train the human resources in the region.

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2nd Workshop with IPCH was held.

The second workshop between the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) and the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters (IPCH), Cabinet Office was held at IPCH, Tokyo on 20 June 2013. From the JPC-side, Captain Hideki Hayashi, Chief, Training and Research Office, gave a presentation based on his research trip to South Africa, and from the IPCH-side, Ms. Izumi Wakugawa, a Program Advisor, gave a presentation based on her research trip to Norway. After each presentation, participants from both sides engaged in lively discussion.

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Dr. Heng Yee Kuang from National University of Singapore visited JPC.

Dr. Heng Yee Kuang, Associate Professor from National University of Singapore, visited Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) on 19 June 2013. At first, Dr. Heng paid a courtesy visit to Colonel Fumiyuki Kobashi, Director of JPC and they discussed the roles of Japan and Singapore in the Asia-Pacific area, the future relationship between the two countries, and developing country capacity-building support by Japan. After that, a JPC research officer briefed gTraining and Research conducted by JPC and JPCfs Future Plans,h and Dr. Heng briefed gPKO and Policies on the Capacity-Building Support by Singapore and Japan.h These briefings were very meaningful and interesting for both Dr. Heng and JPC personnel, who engaged in lively discussion.

* Dr. Hengfs specialty is PKO and the soft power of Singapore and Japan.

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Mr. William Baang from UNMISS visited JPC

Mr. William Baang, Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Officer, United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), visited Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) on 6 June 2013. After receiving a briefing about the JPC mission, Mr. Baang described the latest activity of UNMISS. Mr. Baang, who has ever 10 years of experience in the DDR field in such places as Afghanistan, Iraq and the Republic of Sudan, also engaged in lively discussion with JPC researchers following his briefing.

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JPC started a workshop with the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters, Cabinet Office.

Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) held a workshop with the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters (IPCH), Cabinet Office at the Joint Staff College, Tokyo, on 20 May 2013. From IPCH, Mr. Kenichi Takahashi, Deputy Director General of Secretariat of IPCH and eleven Program Advisors participated in the workshop. Colonel Fumiyuki Kobashi, Director of JPC, said gJPC would also like to hold workshops with other domestic/overseas institutes in the near future and actively release research documents.h

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Meritorious Service Medal from U.S. Navy

Commander Masanori Amemiya, Research Officer of JPC, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by U.S. Navy.

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