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Monday, September 19, 2016

JAPAN TO SEND MILITARY AID TO THE PHILIPPINES

JAPAN TO SEND MILITARY AID TO THE PHILIPPINES
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The Philippines will be the biggest recipient of Japan's capacity building assistance which include military technology and equipments to upgrade the country's own capability in safeguarding territorial waters in West Philippine Sea.
“There is a high possibility that we will make such a decision...We are very sympathetic that we should transfer those technology to the Philippines," according to Dr. Ken Jimbo, assistant professor at Keio University’s Faculty of Policy Management,whose specialization includes international security, security in Asia-Pacific, US defense policy and regionalization in East Asia,told Manila Bulletin in an interview. 
It was in April last year  when the Japanese government established three principles,that if satisfied would allow the transfer of defense technology and equipments.
In late February,Tokyo and Manila signed a defense equipment transfer agreement,the first in the region for any Sotheast Asian country.It promotes the joint production and developmentof defense equipment and technologies,establishing legal framework providing such actions.
During the visit of the former president Aquino last year,he reportedly submitted a list of equipments  urgently needed for securing the West Philippine Sea.
The list included:

P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft,



Shirane-Class Destroyers,
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Hayabusa-Class Missile Patrol Boats,





However,the Philippines has to have a better kind of training and operating infrastructure before these military equipments can be transferred. 
Oyashio-Class Submarines.


“We should start from the easy part first and then when those organization and human aspects are met, I think we are ready to transfer the P-3C,” “The P-3C is a high end technology and we really need to have high end training to operate those aircraft.”Jimbo said.
Jimbo noted that Japan used to rely heavily on its alliance to the U.S..Because of China and the shift of power balance,they had to seek new strategic partners among those emerging ASEAN members including the Philippines.
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Meanwhile,Former DILG Secretary and a senatorial bet under Duterte slate las election,Rafael Alunan III  has expressed his insights about the issue via Facebook.He referred to the news as "music to his ears".

sources:mb.com.ph/Rafael Alunan III @Facebook

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Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the destination for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.

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