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Japan Defense Focus No.130 Dec. 2020



Japan-Australia Defence Ministerial Meeting

On October 19th, 2020, Minister of Defense Kishi held a meeting with Australian Minister for Defence, Senator Linda Reynolds at the Ministry of Defense (MOD) as part of maintaining close bilateral defence and security ties in support of an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, secure, inclusive, and prosperous.


Warning and Surveillance Activities for Illegal Ship-to-Ship Transfers

North Korea is presumed to be evading sanctions by conducting illegal ship-to-ship transfers on the high seas.


FY2020 Regional Army’s Field Training Exercise (JGSDF Western Army)

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Western Army is conducting the FY2020 Regional Army’s Field Training Exercise from October 16th through November 5th.


Japan-EU Joint Naval Exercise and Port Call on Djibouti

On October 5th-6th, Deployment Surface Force for Counter Piracy Enforcement (DSPE) and EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) conducted an anti-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia. The JMSDF JS OHNAMI, Spanish Navy Frigate SANTA MARIA and Spanish Air Force’s P-3M carried out the exercise.


Recent Defense Minister’s Meetings with the U.S. side

On October 7th, Minister Kishi held a teleconference with U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper.


Keen Sword 21/02FTX

The JSDF and the U.S. Forces are conducting the Japan-U.S. Joint Field Training Exercise (Keen Sword 21/02FTX) from October 26th through November 5th.


Naming and Launching Ceremony for SS Taigei

On October 14th, a ceremony was held at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works to name and launch the first of a new submarine class.