Welcome Reception hosted by Mr. Sato, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, for the participants attending the Capacity Building Executive Programme on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia
October 2, 2017
- Capacity Building Executive Programme on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia has been held in Tokyo Metropolis, Kanagawa Prefecture and Hiroshima Prefecture from September 30 and October 7, in which officers including from ASEAN ten member states’ maritime law enforcement agencies have participated.
- During the welcome reception hosted by Mr. Masahisa Sato, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, on October 2, Mr. Sato stated that it is a pleasure to hold the Capacity Building Executive Programme in cooperation with the Japan Coast Guard, Ministry of Defense and Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN and that ensuring the safety of important sea lanes in Southeast Asia is a cornerstone for peace and prosperity of the international community as a whole, and that Japan will continue to play a leading role by making use of the ReCAAP framework. In response to this, the participants stated that they appreciate the initiative by Japan and that the Capacity Building Executive Programme is very meaningful.
- During their stay in Japan, the participants are scheduled to attend lectures on such topics as maritime safety by Japanese government officials, and to visit Japan Coast Guard-related facilities, including the 3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Yokohama city, Kanagawa Prefecture and Japan Coast Guard Academy in Kure city, Hiroshima Prefecture.
- Through the Capacity Building Executive Programme, it is expected that ASEAN member states’ maritime law enforcement capability will be strengthened and that regional cooperation will be further enhanced.