Chief of Staff of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force visits Ottawa

News Article / September 25, 2017

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From National Defence

General Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Chief of Staff, visited Ottawa, Ontario, on September 22 and 23, 2017.

During the visit, General Sugiyama and Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, Commander Royal Canadian Air Force, issued a joint statement highlighting both the specifics of the visit and the cooperation and collaboration that flourish between Canada and Japan.

“We are pleased to have spent this time strengthening existing bonds and building new ones between our two forces,” the statement reads. “The Royal Canadian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force are both committed to collaboration that will benefit our operational capabilities.”

In front of members of the JASDF and the RCAF, and the general public, Lieutenant-General Hood and General Sugiyama laid wreaths at Canada's National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on September 22. 

The same day, General Sugiyama, Lieutenant-General Hood and staff also visited the Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters in Ottawa. “We discussed regional security issues in Asia and the Arctic, with particular emphasis on North Korea. We also discussed our cooperation, including our achievements so far and future collaboration on search and rescue in the Pacific and response to natural disasters abroad.

“Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Canadian Air Force units have some key elements in common, and we look forward to sharing our work culture and professional lessons learned as our two nations work together in the Pacific.”

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