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SDF Marching Festival 2014
With energetic music and mellow songs echoing throughout autumn-colored Tokyo, the SDF Marching Festival took place at the Nippon Budokan hall for three days from November 13th to 15th.

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Japan-ASEAN Defense Ministerial Roundtable Meeting
On November 19th, Defense Minister Eto visited Myanmar where he attended the Japan-ASEAN Defense Ministerial Roundtable and held a bilateral defense ministerial meeting with Myanmar.

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Dispatch of Female SDF Personnel to NATO Headquarters
The MOD/SDF sends GSDF Lieutenant Colonel Chizu Kurita to NATO Headquarters as the adviser to NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security in the office of the Secretary General from December 1st 2014, for approx. two years.

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Japan-Finland Defense Ministerial Meeting
On October 28th, Defense Minister Eto met with Mr. Carl Christoffer Haglund, the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Finland, and discussed regional situation and future defense cooperation and exchanges.

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~Scenery of Japan~
Amanohashidate, loosely translated to a bridge to the sky or heaven, is a 3.6km long sandbank located in the Wakasa Bay in northern Kyoto Prefecture, dividing the inlet into the east and west. According to a myth, a ladder standing on the earth to the heaven fell over when god was asleep, and then formed a current sandbar in the bay.

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Letter of Appreciation and Words of Encouragement by Defense Minister Eto
Defense Minister Akinori Eto presented a Letter of Appreciation to the Philippine Marine Drum and Bugle Corps that took part in the SDF Marching Festival for the first time ever, on November 14th after the performance for the day ended.

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MOD/SDF 60th Anniversary Air Review 2014 (YouTube)

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  • 17th Annual Chief of Defense (CHOD) Conference (3-6 Nov. in Brunei)
  • Admiral Kawano, Chief of Joint Staff attended the 17th annual CHOD conference in Brunei. Chiefs of Staff from 26 countries attended the CHOD 2014 themed “Multilateralism Practical Cooperation towards Shared Responsibility” and had candid discussion on regional security. Admiral Kawano also had bilateral/multilateral meetings with 14 countries to build mutual trust and stronger security ties.
  • Departing Ceremony of 20th Deployment Surface Force for Counter Piracy Enforcement (DSPE) (15 Nov.)
  • Send-off Ceremony of the UNMISS 7th Engineer Unit (16 Nov.)
CHOD 2014 Conference
CHOD 2014 Conference
Departing Ceremony of 20th DSPE
Departing Ceremony of 20th DSPE
Send-off Ceremony of the UNMISS 7th Engineer Unit
Send-off Ceremony of the UNMISS 7th Engineer Unit
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No.58 (November 2014) No.57 (October 2014) No.56 (September 2014) No.55 (August 2014) No.54 (July 2014)

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