Based on the situation noted here and on the policy of “Proactively Contributing to Peace” founded on the principle of international cooperation, Japan will contribute more actively to ensure peace, stability, and prosperity in the world while pursuing its own security as well as that of the Asia-Pacific region. Under this basic principle, Japan will strengthen the Japan–U.S. alliance, actively promote security cooperation with other countries, and build a dynamic joint defense force to fully exercise their capabilities by placing emphasis on achieving readiness, mobility, flexibility, sustainability, robustness, and connectivity. In terms of strengthening the Japan–U.S. Alliance, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) will pursue further interoperability with the U.S. Navy through various exercises and cooperation. For the sake of promoting security cooperation with other countries, the JMSDF will actively participate in multilateral exercises and promote security cooperation with countries in humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, capacity building, counter-piracy operation, etc.
Last year, the JMSDF deployed Aegis destroyers and other assets to maintain readiness against North Korea’s ballistic-missile launch while maintaining constant intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in the vicinity of Japan to prevent unexpected contingencies. The JMSDF also deployed three ships for disaster-relief operations following the Philippine typhoon last November. In the area of counter-piracy, the JMSDF deployed a destroyer to Combined Task Force 151 in December to strengthen cooperation. These are clear examples of the JMSDF’s operations conducted or started last year.
The JMSDF will continue to embody “Proactive Contribution to Peace” by constructing a defense force capable of effectively responding to various situations.