<b>50th Anniversary of U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security</b>

<b>What is it' </b>

Representatives from Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA), U.S. Army Pacific, U.S. Army Japan, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and the U.S. Defense AttachAfA Office - Tokyo met with their counterparts from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) staff in Tokyo April 14-16, 2010 for the 2010 Japan U.S.-Army StaffTalks. This year also marks the 50th Anniversary of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.

<b>What has the Army done' </b>

At the recent StaffTalks, JGSDF briefings included an overview of JGSDF activities, transformation, future direction, and JGSDF and U.S. Army cooperation. U.S. briefings included an overview of the U.S. Army, the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) process and results, and recent U.S. Army operations in Afghanistan and Haiti. The talks included working groups to address bilateral training, interoperability, and strategic assessment. Major General Koichiro Bansho, director, Policy and Programs Department, Ground Staff Office, and Brigadier General Edward Donnelly, deputy director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy, HQDA G-35, led the delegations.

<b>Why is this important to the Army'</b>

Japan is a strategic partner that is increasing its commitment to regional and global efforts. The JGSDF is in the beginning stages of a QDR-like assessment of roles and missions within the greater Japanese defense structure. These StaffTalks help synchronize activities between the JGSDF staff and the U.S. Army, while reaffirming our institutional relationship with a key Asian partner. To commemorate the anniversary of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, celebratory events have been held both here and in Japan. This historic treaty has provided an effective deterrence and promoted peace and stability in Japan and the entire region.

<b>What is planned for the future'</b>

The next StaffTalks with the JGSDF will occur in the United States in early 2011. Until then, the two armies will complete a list of agreed-to-actions from the StaffTalks that will further improve their ability to cooperate in the future.

<b>Resources:</b>

<a href="http://www.mod.go.jp/gsdf/english/index.html" target="_blank"> JGSDF website</a>

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