Japan Ministry of Defense


Japan Defense Focus No.15



Courtesy Visit by Chief of Royal Malaysian Navy

On the occasion of his visit to Japan, at the invitation of the Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force(JMSDF) Admiral Keiji Akahoshi, the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Admiral Datuk Abdul Aziz Jaafar made a courtesy visit to Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada on 3 August.

During the visit, Admiral Aziz hoped that the Defense Minister and Chief of Staff of JMSDF would visit Malaysia.

Defense Minister Hamada stated that he understood that working-level talks between Japan and Malaysia have enhanced defense exchanges between the two nations, and that he would like to promote bilateral maritime exchanges in the future.

Meanwhile, Admiral Aziz stated that the RMN and the JMSDF shared an amicable relationship and expressed his desire that it would continue to develop. The Admiral also remarked that he hoped to continue to learn various things from the JMSDF


Courtesy Visit by Singapore Armed Forces Chief of Defence Force

On 7 September, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Desmond Kuek made a courtesy visit to then Defense Minister Hamada.

Lieutenant General Kuek relayed a message from Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean expressing his appreciation for Japan's cooperation on the Shangri-La Dialogue held in Singapore on 30 May of this year.

Then Defense Minister Hamada responded by stating that the Shangri-La Dialogue is a very significant forum for discussing defense and security issues, and Japan will continue cooperation with a clear perception of the significance. The Minister also noted the importance of the relationship between Japan and Singapore, and expressed his expectation for this amicable relationship as well as defense exchanges to continue in the same way in the future.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Kuek stressed the need for Singapore and Japan to maintain and reaffirm their close bilateral relations.


Minister of Defense Kitazawa's Visit to Okinawa

Defense Minister Kitazawa was in Okinawa from September 25 through 27 to visit the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma and engage in an exchange of views with the governor of Okinawa and the mayors of local communities.

On the 25th he had discussions with Governor Nakaima of Okinawa, listened to his opinions on the relocation of the MCAS Futenma, and inspected the Self Defense Force's Naha base. On the 26th he visited MCAS Futenma and the coast of the Camp Schwab which is the proposed site for the relocation of MCAS Futenma, as well as holding discussions with Mayor Iha of Ginowan City and Mayor Shimabukuro of Nago City.

Following this, Minister Kitazawa held a press conference where he stated his visit stemmed from the wish to grasp the realities of the situation in Okinawa for himself at the earliest possible opportunity, listen to the people of Okinawa firsthand, and thus form a sound basis for making judgments.

He expressed great satisfaction at his visit and a strong feeling of how useful the experience would be in tackling future issues.


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