Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun reported today that Japanese government officials revealed that the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force is scheduled to hold a military parade in Sagami Bay on October 14th. South Korea has decided not to send a ship to participate. The reason may be the deterioration of Japan-Korea relations. The Japanese Defense Ministry will announce it in the near future.
In December 2018, the South Korean Navy used the incident-controlled radar to illuminate the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force anti-submarine aircraft. In addition to not recognizing the relevant situation, it did not propose countermeasures to prevent similar situations. Based on the above disputes, the Japanese government has made an unreasonable judgment to allow South Korean ships to participate in military parades.
This time, the military parade, in addition to the United States, the United Kingdom, etc., including China will send ships to participate. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force dispatched a destroyer to China to participate in the international maritime military parade in April this year. This time, the Chinese ship went to Japan to participate in the military parade. It can be said that the Japanese and Chinese ships will visit each other.
South Korea held an international maritime military parade in October 2018. Originally, Japan intended to send a destroyer to participate, but because South Korea did not agree with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force flying the self-defense flag “Rising Sun Flag”, Japan finally decided to cancel the dispatch of the ship.
Japan’s Sankei Shimbun reported that every three years in Japan, a military parade will be held. Most of the Maritime Self-Defense Forces’ ships and aircraft will participate, and naval vessels from friendly countries will be invited to participate.
The Japanese Defense Ministry has notified the United States, Australia, India, Singapore and China, but did not invite South Korea.
The last time Japan held a military parade, including the United States, Australia, India, France and South Korea, there were ships.