Japan Ministry of Defense

On July 6,two destroyers “Harusame?Eand “Amagiri?Eleft Japan for  anti-piracy measures off  the coast of  Somalia and in the  Gulf of Aden.

Japan Defense Focus No.14

On July 6,two destroyers "Harusame" and "Amagiri" left Japan for anti-piracy measures off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden.



Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada attends the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue

Minister Hamada took the opportunity on May 30 to hold bilateral talks with defense ministers from Viet Nam, Australia, the United States, Mongolia and Singapore, as well as the first trilateral defense ministerial talks among Japan, the United States and the Republic of Korea. Minister Hamada also paid a courtesy visit to the Singaporean Prime Minister and the Minister Mentor and was visited by the UK Defense Secretary.

Summary of the speech

Development of the security situation in East Asia

In East Asia there still remain traditional security problems. In addition, serious threats posed by non-state actors and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles have become urgent matters. Meanwhile, we have seen three new trends worthy of attention regarding the security situation in East Asia in recent years, together with growing tendency to cooperation. These new trends are:

(1) More diverse, complex and stratified global security threats such as piracy, disaster and infectious disease;

(2) The rapid modernization of armed forces and more active military activities which reflect the economic growth of major countries; and

(3) North Korea’s nuclear tests and development of longer-range missiles. A nuclear test by North Korea is totally unacceptable as it constitutes a grave threat to the peace and security of the entire international community. Japan expects that the UN Security Council will soon adopt a severe new resolution and that the international community will undertake concerted measures for its implementation.

Three responsibilities of major powers

of how to reduce any friction and confrontation and to promote constructive collaboration. In this regard, major powers have three responsibilities:

(1) Increasing confidence among major powers through promoting defense exchanges at a variety of levels and enhancing transparency of armed forces;

(2) Cooperation to overcome global security challenges. In particular, the nuclear powers should take the initiative on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation; and

(3) Contribution to build regional capacity to cope with the various situations through cooperation in the development of the ARF and other multinational frameworks and support to each country’s capacity-building.

Future efforts of Japan

As one of the major countries in this region, Japan will discharge the three responsibilities outlined above from the following two viewpoints:

(1) Engagement with neighboring countries, and

(2) Reliable partner on an equal footing. The key tasks for Japan are: to develop policy making abilities and frameworks designed to more actively engage in international tasks; to establish comprehensive and general domestic legislation for international peace-keeping operations; to contribute to the capacity-building of each country, particularly with respect to equipment and technological cooperation; and to ensure adequate resource allocation in order to enable an expanded international role for the nation.

In this way, Japan is committed to fulfilling its shared responsibilities with a contribution actively to regional peace and stability.

* For the full text of Defense Minister Hamada’s speech,
(Note: ARF = ASEAN Regional Forum)


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