Japan’s Participation in NATO Crisis Management Exercise (CMX) 2015

March 3, 2015

  1. 1. Japan will participate in CMX2015 organized by the NATO from March 4 to March 10, 2015.

    2. This exercise is a table top exercise designed to enhance capabilities for decision-making on NATO’s activities and cooperation with its partners. In a hypothetical situation where a crisis occurred in non-ally countries located far away from NATO allies, participants intend to pay attention to humanitarian assistance and maritime security. The collaboration between NATO and its partners is one of the focal points.

    3. Japan, as a proactive contributor to peace, based on the principle of international cooperation, intends to enhance cooperative relationship with NATO. It is our hope to promote practical Japan-NATO cooperation through participation in this exercise.

    4. This exercise is attended by 28 NATO allies and some partners such as Australia and Japan.

    • NATO was established by 12 members in 1949 to defend allied nations. The organization has now 28 allies in North America and Europe. Additionally, NATO has partnerships with 41 countries. Japan is one of the Partners across the globe together with Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Republic of Korea. NATO is promoting dialogue and cooperation with all these partners.
    • CMX (Crisis Management Exercise) is a table top exercise which is aimed at enhancing capabilities for response from NATO and cooperation with partners. In principle, NATO conducts CMX every year, marking the 19th CMX this year. This is the first participation for Japan.