Japan speaks partnership with NATO Military Partnerships Directorate
MONS, Belgium – The Director
General of Defence Plans and Policy Department, Japan Self-Defence Force Major
General Naoki Kajiwara, visited the Military Partnerships Directorate at SHAPE, on Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018.
The general discussed possible topics of future cooperation with
NATO and the joint staff talks in Japan next month with the International
Military Staff. The Military Partnerships Directorate planning and programming
functions are many, requiring continuous liaison with NATO Headquarters,
Partners, and other Commands in order to reinforce awareness and
"I am delighted to be able to welcome Major General Kajiwara to
the Military Partnerships Directorate. Such engagement provides excellent
opportunities to discuss matters of mutual interest," said Major General Odd
Pedersen, MPD Director. "We discussed NATO's future cooperation with
Japan and our shared desire to broaden practical cooperation beyond
NATO Partners are significant contributors to global security
and are vital enablers towards NATO's core tasks of Collective Defence and Security.
Japan became a partner to NATO in 2013 in the framework of "partners across the
globe.'' In 2014, Japan and NATO agreed to a further Individual Partnership and
Cooperation Programme; this remains and continues to develop significant
activities, ranging from peace-support and crisis management activities to
defence against terrorism.
The importance of partnerships serves to increase mutual
co-operation, and reinforces peace and understanding in an ever-changing
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office