The programme started on 20 May 2018 with the participants joining an observation of Japan Coast Guard (JCG) Sea Review and Comprehensive Drill on-board a JCG vessel.

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This was part of a series of activities to mark the 70th anniversary of  JCG, and high-level guests, including the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzō Abe, attended the observation ceremony.

From 21 to 24 May 2018, the participants will be informed about regional and international developments in maritime safety and security, attend lectures on topics such as international maritime law, exchange experiences and best practices to combat piracy and armed robbery against ships, and visit operational installations and facilities of the JCG.

Tthe participants will also exchange views with the Japan Shipowners’ Association and have a discussion with executives from Japan’s shipping industry.

Ambassador Kansuke Nagaoka, Deputy Assistant Minister, Foreign Policy Bureau, MOFA Japan and Japanese Governor to the ReCAAP ISC Governing Council, stated:

It is encouraging to see that the relevant officials, in close cooperation with ReCAAP ISC, gather here in Japan with a view to enhance regional cooperation in Asia. Japan will continue to closely work with ReCAAP ISC led by Executive Director Kuroki.

Piracy incidences in Asia are declining in recent years, but 2017 saw an increase of 16% compared to the year before. "This is a reminder that an effective response to the maritime threats requires continued efforts in upgrading the capability of maritime law enforcement agencies in the region," Masafumi Kuroki, Executive Director of ReCAAP ISC, noted.