Hosting by Japan of PSI (Proliferation Security Initiative) Air Interdiction Exercise "Pacific Shield 12"
June 13, 2012
- From Tuesday, July 3 to Thursday, July 5, the Government of Japan will host Japan’s first Air Interdiction Exercise "Pacific Shield 12" under the framework of the PSI (Proliferation Security Initiative), in Sapporo City and Chitose City (at New Chitose Airport, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Chitose Air Base, and surrounding facilities), Hokkaido.
- From Japan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Cabinet Secretariat; the National Police Agency; the Ministry of Finance; the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; the Ministry of Defense; and other related ministries and agencies will participate in the Exercise. Australia, the Republic of Korea and Singapore will participate in inspection exercises. Countries including those in the Asia-Pacific region are also being invited to participate as observers.
- The PSI is an international effort to consider and implement possible measures in consistent with national legal authorities and relevant international laws and frameworks, in order to interdict the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and missiles, along with related materials, which are a threat to the peace and stability of the international community. Japan has been participating actively in the initiative since its inception.
- This is the third PSI Exercise hosted by Japan, following Team Samurai 04 in October 2004 and Pacific Shield 07 in October 2007. The previous two Exercises were both Maritime Interdiction Exercises. Pacific Shield 12 will be the first Air Interdiction Exercise. The hosting of the Exercise this time by Japan has great significance from the viewpoint of strengthening cooperation among the related agencies, and expressing the strong will of the international community to enhance the non-proliferation regime. It is expected that this Exercise will serve as a good opportunity for Asia-Pacific countries to deepen their understanding of the purpose and efforts of the PSI.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)