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June 21, 2019 1:22 pm

For First Time, Japanese Military Chief Visits Israel

avatar by Barney Breen-Portnoy

The head of the Japanese and Israeli militaries, Gen. Kōji Yamazaki and Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, meet at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv. Photo: IDF.

The chief of staff of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, Gen. Kōji Yamazaki, stopped in Israel this week during a multi-nation Middle East swing.

At the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, Yamazaki was hosted by his Israeli counterpart, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi.

The two discussed the regional security situation and the “potential to further partnership between their militaries,” the IDF said.

While in Israel, Yamazaki also met with the commanders of the Air Force and Navy, among other top IDF officers.

This marked the first visit to Israel by the head of Japan’s military since the countries established diplomatic relations in the 1950s.

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