Message from Chief of Staff
Last September and October, I visited the United States and participated in the International Seapower Symposium (ISS) and the Trilateral Maritime Talks between the Japan, U.S. and United Kingdom.
The ISS was hosted by the U.S. Navy at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. The leader from 130 navies gathered from across the globe. I was able to have active discussions with Chiefs of Navy from all over the world about challenges to maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East.
During the event, I had opportunities to meet with other Navy leaders which produced candid and fruitful discussions. I believe mutual understanding and confidence building among our nations were promoted throughout the event.
The trilateral maritime talks between Japan, the U.S., and U.K. took place in Washington D.C. In the talks, Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy and Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy and I discussed the maritime security issues and the future measures to cope with those challenges. Three nations reached the agreement on the four items as shown in the following link:
2016 trilateral agreement
I am confident the results of these historic talks will benefit maritime security.
An open and stable sea is tremendously important for Japan, a maritime nation. To ensure secure and robust global maritime security environment, the JMSDF will make every effort to maintain open and free seas by cooperating and partnering with other nations.
The JMSDF will ask your continuing kind support and understanding.