2014年05月13日

Japan and Israel agree to closer defence ties

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Japan and Israel agree to closer defence ties

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

12 May 2014


Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on 12 May agreed to increase defence co-operation by building "a new comprehensive partnership".

"I would like to develop relations with Israel to their full potential," Abe said at a joint press conference after the summit with Netanyahu, who is the first Israeli prime minister to visit Tokyo in six years.

In a joint statement released after the top-level meeting, the two leaders welcomed the launch of the high-level consultations between Japan's National Security Secretariat and Israel's National Security Council and confirmed that they will hold their next meeting in Israel.

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Japan holds amphibious landing drill in Nansei island chain

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On 16 April Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera rode in one of Japan's new BAE Systems AAV7/Reliability and Maintainability/Rebuild to Standard amphibious assault vehicles at the GSDF's Ordnance School at Kasumigaura garrison, Ibaraki prefecture. (Japanese Ministry of Defence)

Japan holds amphibious landing drill in Nansei island chain

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo and James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

11 May 2014


The Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) on 10 May began an 18-day joint landing drill on an uninhabited island in the southwest Nansei chain - the latest in a series of exercises intended to demonstrate Japanese resolve in the East China Sea.

The Joint Staff Office (JSO) of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said about 1,300 SDF personnel - 500 from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), 820 from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and 10 from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) - are participating in the joint drill, which aims to regain control of an island captured by foreign forces.

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