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Japan defense minister to meet DND chief Gazmin Thursday

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In this April 26, 2013 photo, Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, shakes hands with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera prior to their meeting at Defense Ministry in Tokyo. INQUIRER file photo

MANILA, Philippines — The Defense Minister of Japan will meet Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Thursday as part of his two-day visit in the Philippines.

Itsunori Onodera will be at the Department of National Defense headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo at 10a.m.

No other details were provided by the DND in the advisory, but said that the media will be granted an interview after the event.

In a report by the Japan Times on June 16, it quoted a government source saying that Onodera will discuss “the current tensions in the region and to work out a coordinated response toward China” with Gazmin.

He will emphasize “the need to ensure maritime safety based on the rule of law amid China’s growing assertiveness in the East and South China seas,” the source added.


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  • M C

    It is imperative that during that meeting, Senyor Voltaire would seek Japanese assistance on military ship design especially on stealth ship technologies so that we can build those vessels here and create jobs. Thereupon, Senyor Voltaire should convince Senyor Simyon to require BCDA to issue Bank Guarantees to buy all the ships that investors would build based on those designs. Anyway, BCDA was created primarily to fund AFP modernization. BCDA has all the real estate properties and assets to back up those Bank Guarantees worded in conformity to Format 458.

  • noypisiTED

    Please correct the misnomer. While we can accept there’s still a South China Sea the breadth or part where the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone lies must hereupon be officially called the West Philippine Sea or WPS for purposes of clarity and education.



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