Japan to host second international fleet review in October 2002

Japan to host second international fleet review in October 2002

A Russian submarine draws attention during a public event held at the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture outside Tokyo ahead of an international fleet review in October 2002. The fleet review will be held on July 70th, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said on June 7 that Russian invasion has undermined the foundation of international order and is a flagrant violation of international law.

Details of the review, including when and where it will be held, have yet to be announced.

Japan hosted the review last time in October 2002, when Junichiro Koizumi was prime minister. He attended the event in Tokyo Bay, which involved 17 submarines and naval vessels from 11 countries, including Russia, the United States and South Korea.

Kishi said Russia will be excluded from this year's Western Pacific Naval Symposium that Japan is hosting.

He said that allowing Russia to take part in the meeting would negate the purpose of the gathering, which is to foster mutual trust among the navies of participating countries.

The WPNS meeting is held every other year with representatives from more than 20 nations.