Security Dialogues and Defense Exchanges between Japan and Asian Countries

Project Outline
This project aims to provide opportunities for exchanges for active military officers (Colonel to Major, and Captain to Lieutenant Commander) or retired Generals of Japan and other Asian countries in order to promote mutual understanding and build confidence in the field of security, and by so doing contribute to peace and stability in the Asia region. In FY2014, delegations from South Korea and Vietnam were invited to Japan. The delegation from South Korea was represented by retired Generals, and they interacted with military personnel including Japanese retired Generals in Japan. On the other hand, the Vietnamese delegation was composed of active military officers, and they had the opportunity to have exchanges with Japanese active military officers during the visit to Japan.
Implementing Agency The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Year Implementation year(2/3)
Project Type Self OperatedGrantCommissionedOther Year project budget implementation 27,700,000yen
Defense Exchange between Japan Self-Defense Forces and the Vietnam People's Army
A Japan Self-Defense Forces delegation of 11 field officers, led by a Major General, visited Vietnam for a 13-day trip beginning June 7, 2015. The officers paid a courtesy call to Lieutenant General Nguyen Quoc Khanh (Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Vietnam People's Army), had an informal discussion with Major General Vu Chien Thang (Director General of the Department of Foreign Relations, Ministry of National Defense), and visited the Border Defense Force Academy, Ho Chi Minh City's Military Command, and the land, sea, and air forces of Vietnam. These visits and discussions served to provide the Japanese delegation with a greater overall understanding of the Vietnam People's Army, while also achieving exchange between Japanese and Vietnamese military management at the field-officer level. The Japanese delegation also visited Vietnam's historical landmarks and deepened their understanding of Vietnam's culture and history.

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