Japan Self-Defense Forces Day celebrated by the Embassy of Japan

Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) - Press Release No. 31- 2018

Ambassador Koji Haneda hosted a reception for the 64th Anniversary of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) on June 28 at his residence. About 250 distinguished guests, including former presidents of the Republic of the Philippines Fidel V. Ramos and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, government officials of Japan and the Philippines, diplomatic corps, and Japanese residents attended the reception to celebrate the founding of the JSDF and further strengthen relations between both nations.

In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Haneda emphasized that Japan has reinforced its commitment to making greater contributions toward peace, stability, and prosperity for the international community based on the principles of “Proactive Contribution to Peace.” He said Japan, now more than ever, is eager to continue working closely with the Philippines and all its key partners in upholding shared ideals of freedom and the rule of law in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

                                    [The Ambassador while delivering speech]                                                                [Scene from the reception]

                                                                     [Former Pres Ramos]                                                       [Former Pres. Arroyo & Former PM Virata]

As to recent Philippine-Japan defense cooperation and exchange, the Ambassador noted the dynamism of relations between both nations. He cited the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s delivery of TC-90 aircraft to the Philippine Navy, the JSDF’s official participation in this year’s Balikatan exercises, and an agreement between Japan’s Ministry of Defense and the Philippine Department of National Defense to deliver UH-1H helicopter spare parts to the Philippine Air Force. He said he expects to see more of these as both nations continue to advance their defense cooperation.

Taking this opportunity, defense-related Japanese companies also exhibit their defense equipment models and distribute brochures during the event.                                   

[Exhibition of defense company]