Japan Defense Focus No.125 Jul. 2020

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SPECIAL FEATURE

Launch of the Space Operations Squadron

On May 18th, the squadron flag handover ceremony was held for the Space Operations Squadron, which was launched as the first space domain mission unit of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF), and Defense Minister Kono conferred the official flag of the squadron on its commander.

TOPICS

Recent Telephone Conferences/JGSDF Hand Washing Video

Minister Kono had telephone conferences with the Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence of Canada on May 1st, Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds, Minister for Defence of Australia on May 7th, H.E. Rajnath Singh, Minister for Defence of India on May 8th, and H.E. Delfin N. Lorenzana, Secretary of National Defense of the Republic of the Philippines on May 12th.

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Salute Flyover by JASDF Blue Impulse

On May 29th, the JASDF aerobatic demonstration team, Blue Impulse, performed an approx. 20 minute flyover in the sky above central Tokyo to honor and thank those currently responding to COVID-19.

ACTIVITIES

Dispatch of the Second Deployment Surface Force for Information Gathering

On May 10th, JS Kirisame of the 8th Escort Division departed the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Sasebo Base to engage in information-gathering activity for ensuring the safety of navigation for Japan-related vessels in the Middle East region, as the second Deployment Surface Force for Information Gathering (DSIG).

ACTIVITIES

Fuji Firepower Exercise 2020

On May 23rd, the annual Fuji Firepower Exercise “Educational Drill” was conducted at East Fuji Maneuver Area in Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture.

COLUMN

JASDF Bilateral Training Exercises

On April 22nd, May 12th and May 27th, the JASDF held bilateral training exercises with the U.S. Air Force in the area and airspace over vicinity of Okinawa and the Sea of Japan.

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