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NEWS | Nov. 30, 2015

Pacific Air Forces Hosts Japanese Minister of Defense during PACOM Tour

By Tech. Sgt. James Stewart

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --  Gen. Lori J. Robinson, Pacific Air Forces commander, hosted the Japanese Minister of Defense, Gen Nakatani, Nov. 23, as part of Nakatani's tour of U.S. Pacific Command and its component commands. 

 

Robinson and Nakatani met to discuss the ongoing relationship between the two allies and address how the U.S. Air Force and Japanese Air Self-Defense Force can continue to strengthen their partnership. 

 

“The Japan-U.S. alliance is integral in maintaining peace and stability throughout the region,” Robinson said. "Defense Minister Nakatani's visit serves as a unique opportunity to discuss ways to deepen our relationship in critical areas such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief cooperation to integrated air and missile defense.”

 

U.S. and Japanese air forces regularly train together to refine capabilities, improve interoperability and contribute to enhanced stability within the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The two countries conduct regular, combined military exercises, which focus on improving bilateral coordination and joint readiness. 

 

Early next year, U.S. and Japanese Airmen will participate together in exercises Keen Edge 16 and Cope North 16. These exercises span a wide spectrum of military capabilities ranging from joint command and control of military forces to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training. 

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