Japan’s top soldier visits PH for humanitarian mission

August 12 2015 6:25 PM

Japan’s top military leader is in the country for Pacific Partnership 2015, an annual humanitarian and civic assistance to strengthen international relations among Asia-Pacific nations.

Admiral Katsutoshu Kawano, chief of Japan Self-Defense Forces, paid a courtesy call on Armed Forces chief General Hernando Iriberri at Camp Aguinaldo on Wednesday, August 12.

Kawano will be in the Philippines until August 14 to witness the activities under the Pacific Partnership 15.

Pacific Partnership 2015 is the largest annual humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness in Asia. It provides medical care, veterinary services and infrastructure developments.

The visit came amid China’s rise in the South and East China Seas. Both the Philippines and Japan are claimants of the disputed seas, respectively.

Japan and the Philippines are also working on a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that will allow Japanese troops to engage Filipino soldiers in military activities in the country.

Negotiations are ongoing but officials said it would most likely be about transfer of equipment and technology.

Indonesia’s Air Force chief, Agus Supriatna, is also in the country for a three-day visit or from August 10 to 12.

He was given the honorary PAF Gold Wings Badge by Lieutenant General Jeffrey Delgado, Air Force chief.

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