Defense Activities


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The GSDF and MSDF took part in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, the international maritime exercise conducted by the U.S. Navy from late June to August.

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Capacity Building Assistance
Capacity building assistance is a project in which the SDF leverages its knowledge and experience to actively support capacity building and human resource development of militaries and related organizations in Southeast Asian and other countries, with the goal of improving the international security environment.

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What is it Like to be an F-15 Pilot?
-Interview with an ASDF Personnel at the Front Line-
Under a burning sunlight in the southern island, ASDF Captain Yoshida, a.k.a. “Kick-ass” as his call sign, was standing by his buddy. The F-15 pilot currently working with the ASDF 83rd Air Wing shares his story about what he sees in the air over Naha.

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Defense Minister Onodera’s Visit to the U.S.
Defense Minister Onodera visited the U.S. from July 7th to 12th and held his 6th Japan–U.S. Defense Ministerial Meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

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~Scenery of Japan~
Yakushima Island
Situated 60km off the southernmost tip of Kyushu Island in the southwestern end of Japanese Archipelago, Yakushima Island exhibits a rich flora, with some 1,900 species and subspecies, including ancient specimens of the sugi (Japanese cedar).

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Prince Pickles and Parsley Tour at the MOD
-Annual Summer Tour at the MOD for Kids-
On August 6th and 7th, 2014, the MOD had kids group tour, with the purpose of deepening their understanding on the current situation of the MOD/SDF and issues related to defense.

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GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade’s First Drop Drill 2014 (YouTube)

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  • Meeting between General Iwasaki, Chief of Joint Staff and Admiral Luigi Binelli Mantelli, Chief of the Italian Defence General Staff (July 15th)
  • Troop Inspection by Defense Minister Onodera: GSDF Katsuta Camp, Ibaraki prefecture (July 19th)
  • Courtesy Call on Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense by Ms. Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (July 23rd)
  • Defense of Japan 2014
    -annual defense whitepaper published by the MOD
Chief of the Italian Defence General Staff
Chief of the Italian Defence General Staff
No.54 (July 2014) No.53 (June 2014) No.52 (May 2014) No.51 (April 2014) No.50 (March 2014)
No.54 (July 2014) No.53 (June 2014) No.52 (May 2014) No.51 (April 2014) No.50 (March 2014)

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