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The JMSDF Staff College hosted the 2nd Western Pacific Naval Symposium Short Term Exchange Program for Officers of the Next Generations (WPNS STEP) from 13 to 25 October 2012.

The WPNS STEP aims to provide the participants with the opportunity to understand Japan’s security environment, defense policy and build up of defense forces as well as Japanese history and culture and to deepen mutual understanding among the participants so that they will be able to promote multilateral cooperation in the near future as leading Naval officers of the next generations. The program also expects the Command and Staff Course students to be internationally-minded through experience of planning the seminar and to deepen exchanges with overseas participants.

The contents included lectures, seminar and tours. In the tours, participants visited several places in Tokyo, Yokosuka, Kamakura and Tsukuba and participated in the 2012 SDF Fleet Review on board JS “Chokai.”

In the 2nd WPNS STEP, 21 Naval officers from 20 countries participated and promoted friendship with the Command and Staff Course students.


 


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  WPNS STEP 2011


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