Defense Consultations with Japan

The Philippines and Japan conducted consultations on regional and bilateral defense and security issues, as well as future defense exchanges and assistance for capacity building last August 20, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. 

Dubbed as the 4th Philippines-Japan Political Security Dialogue (PSD), representatives of the Department of National Defense of the Philippines and the Ministry of Defense of Japan participated in the Defense Session of the dialogue. Assistant Secretary for Strategic Assessment Raymund Jose G. Quilop and Director General Hiroshi Oe headed the RP and Japanese delegations for the Defense Session, respectively. 

The PSD is born out of the commitment shared by Manila and Tokyo to meet defense and security challenges in the region through dialogue and consultation. As in the first three (3) PSDs, the meeting was divided into two (2) sessions: political-security in the morning; and defense matters in the afternoon. 

In the meeting, the Philippines gave an update on its defense policies and thrusts as well as capacity-building efforts. It gave the Philippines a chance to gain clearer understanding of Japan’s policies on non-traditional security issues such as terrorism, maritime security, peacekeeping operations and nuclear weapons proliferation. 

Citing Manila’s best practices and lessons learned when the Philippines and the United States co-chaired the ARF Voluntary Demonstration of Response (VDR) on Disaster Relief in May 2009, the Japanese delegation solicited RP’s assistance in the ARF’s Disaster Relief Exercise (DIREX), which Tokyo will co-host with Jakarta next year. 

The two sides agreed to explore the possible conclusion of a framework agreement for defense education exchanges and subject matter experts exchanges on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peace support operations and information exchange.