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The Freedom Defenders
The Story of the United States Armed-Forces in Europe is the tale of General George Washington’s Continental Army …..and the French Idealistic Commander, General de Lafayette.
It is the story of greatest Army in the World, the United States Army, who has defended Europe from long centuries ago…..until the present time in an unconditional ways.
It is the story of the greatest partnerships of U.S-European Armed-Forces, the formation of the closest allies fighting in the same battlegrounds for keeping the light of freedom …….and humanity alive. It is the story of U.S-European shared values….shared ideals and belief that unite us beyond the time and the geographical regions.
The story of the United States Armed Forces in Europe is the story of Freedom Defenders, ...the tale of bravery….sacrifices….and heroism that project the well destined triumph, the winning of the hearts and minds.
Acknowledgment: the U.S flag ©U.S Army National Guard 2016. By Editor in Chief, Catherine S. Schmidt originally published on June 8th 2020
This year’s International Military Chiefs of Chaplains Conference ‘IMCCC’ took place on the virtual platform from February2-3, hosted by the United States (U.S European Command). The conference brought together over 100 military chaplains from 40 countries of NATO members and partner nations across the world.
The theme of this year evolved on ‘Religious Freedom’
“Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and the first among rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, as well as many constitutions in the world.”……….
“Religious freedom provides the right to think, express, and act upon what one deeply believes.” highlighted USEUCOM Chaplain (U.S. Air Force Col.) Kleet Barclay. ©USEUCOM Feb.04. 2022
The IMCCC is an annual event established and hosted originally by the U.S European Command ‘USEUCOM’ in Stuttgart in February 1990. Since then the conference has been held every year in different parts of the world hosted by the members and representatives of NATO states and partner nations. The United States ‘USEUCOM’ supports the conference as its co-host every year.
One of the main spheres of this yearly military event is to explore and build the shared values, spirituality, religious support, understanding of other faiths and beliefs , and enduring friendship.
“We are deeply unified by our shared human connection of faith and yearning for peace.” expressed Dr. Franz-Josef Overbeck, the Catholic bishop of the German armed forces in The International Military Chiefs of Chaplains Conference in 2020 © U.S Army
- Chaplains from 40 countries meet to address critical issues, social well-being at worldwide conference, USEUCOM 2022
- Chaplains explore religion’s role fostering well-being and resilience during pandemic, USEUCOM 2021
- The 31st International Military Chiefs of Chaplains Conference, U.S Army 2020
By Catherine S. Schmidt, Editor in Chief
Sources: U.S European Command/U.S. Air Force Captain Christina Judd/U.S Army
Japan’s Foreign Policy- in cooperation with the Mission of Japan to the European Union, conducted by Editor in Chief
Mission of Japan to EU, we are very grateful for this occasion. Thank you very much indeed for accepting our invitation.
Q 1: Japan has been one of the closest partners to European Union. Could you please give us an overall view of this partnership.
Mission of Japan to the European Union: The EU is an important partner for Japan, sharing fundamental values such as freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and respect for international law. As like-minded partners, the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) are the foundation for cooperation between the two sides.
In May 2021, Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, held the 27th Japan-European Union (EU) Summit (virtual format) with H.E.Mr. Charles Michel, President of the European Council and H.E. Ms. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.
Japan-EU Summit 2021 Joint Statement: “We, the leaders of Japan and the European Union (EU), convened to take forward our close and comprehensive partnership, grounded in common interests and shared values of freedom, respect for human rights, democracy, the rule of law, free and fair trade, effective multilateralism and the rules-based international order. Two years after the start of their implementation, the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement and Strategic Partnership Agreement are strengthening our ability to bring tangible benefits to our citizens.” ©MOFA Japan/EU Council May 2021
Q 2: In February 2019 the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Japan and EU has entered into effect. Please tell us what areas of trade this agreement covers.
Mission of Japan to the European Union: The EU and Japan’s Economic Partnership Agreement came into effect in February 2019. The facts are available from the links:
- The EU-Japan Economic Partnership agreement entered into force on 1 February 2019.
- The EU has negotiated a trade agreement with Japan.
Japan and the EU hold an annual EPA Joint Committee meeting to assess progress made in the implementation of the agreement. At this year’s meeting in February 2021, 28 new protected Geographical Indications (GIs) were added to the list while wine and vehicle trade between the two sides will become even easier than before.
Q 3: Please specify what products are currently exported from Japan to EU and vice versa.
Mission of Japan to the European Union: Japanese exports to the EU are dominated by machinery, motor vehicles, chemicals, optical and medical instruments, and plastics while EU exports to Japan are dominated by these sectors as well as food and drink. You can find a comprehensive statistic trade report of the European Union, Trade in goods with Japan.
And see also the entire EPA and its chapters covering various sectors at: Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)
Q 4: Japan and EU have also signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). Could you please tell us about the significance of this agreement.
Mission of Japan to the European Union: Please find the full SPA text here and the outline of the SPA under: Japan and EU Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA).
Q 5: In the context of carbon emission. Japan has pledged to reduce the carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050. What measures Japan is taking in order to reach this goal.
Mission of Japan to the European Union: In 2020, Prime Minister SUGA announced that Japan plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero and to realize a carbon-neutral, decarbonized society by 2050. In that direction the “Green Growth Strategy towards 2050 Carbon Neutrality” a comprehensive set of policies and actions was created covering the areas and priority sectors in that regard. For comprehensive view please see the text of “Overview of Japan’s Green Growth Strategy Through Achieving Carbon Neutrality in 2050”.
Q 6: The last question is about Japan and its humanitarian contributions. Could you please elaborate on the engagements of Japan in this filed.
Mission of Japan to the European Union: The Mission is currently publishing a series of tweets showcasing examples of Japan’s overseas development aid based on the latest government white paper on the topic which you can find in full here:
And view the statement by Permanent Representative of Japan to UN Security Council Open Debate on Mine Action and Sustaining Peace April 2021.
Additional news: EU-Japan summit via video conference, 27 May 2021
- News from Mission of Japan to EU EU-Japan Center
- Ambassador Yasushi MASAKI of Japan to EU
- MOFA of Japan EU delegation to Japan
- PM of Japan Invest in Japan
- Tokyo Olympic 2020 Visit Japan
The interview is subject to Copyright Law. ©Mission of Japan to EU/MOFA of Japan/ U.S. Europe World Affairs.
In honor of….. the World’s greatest Freedom Defender…,the thundering Forces of resounding Liberator…..the United States Armed Forces
May 20, 2016 © DoD
The United States National Armed Forces Day is celebrate on every third Saturday of May, to honour the service and the dedication of Military personnel across the United States.