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The 1st Western Pacific Naval Symposium
Short Term Exchange Program for Officers of the Next Generations

The JMSDF Staff College hosted the 1st Western Pacific Naval Symposium Short Term Exchange Program for Officers of the Next Generations (WPNS STEP) from 3 to 14 October 2011.

The JMSDF has proactively made efforts to strengthen human networks for the past years, especially focused on the networks for Naval officers of the next generations through multinational personnel exchange programs as part of defense exchange centering on the framework of the WPNS whose purpose is to promote mutual understanding among Navies of the Western Pacific region and other countries in the world.

The JMSDF renewed the WPNS Seminar for Officers of the Next Generations (WPNS SONG) which had been held until last year, and evolved it into the WPNS STEP. We extended the program from one week to two weeks, added several lectures given in English to the contents and invited more countries of the Middle East and South Asia. In the 1st WPNS STEP, 21 Naval officers from 19 countries, including four exchange students of the Command and Staff Course, participated.

In the very first of the program, the college’s Vice President Rear Admiral Takashima expressed in his opening remarks his sincere appreciation to the participants for their country’s great assistance and generous cooperation in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Then he concluded his speech, saying “I hope that you will promote friendship among participants through a candid exchange of views and the human networks to be established during the program will be helpful to you when you face a problem to solve in the future.”

The opening ceremony was broadcast by NHK and covered in several newspapers, which evoked a massive response in many people.

Opening Remarks
by Rear Admiral Tatsuhiko Takashima
Vice President, JMSDF Staff College


Participating Countries (19 countries)
Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, France, India, Indonesia,
New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, USA, Vietnam

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