やしの実通信 by Dr Rieko Hayakawa


The Micronesian MARSEC Project and the Ship Building Concessions of the Nippon Foundation



The late Senator Trood and Dr Bateman. Without the support of these two men, the opposition of the Australian Government could not have been suppressed.










一方で私の発案で当該地域の海洋安全保障政策を検討すべく米豪の専門家、国家議員(豪故人Russel Trood議員等)を招いた研究会を立ち上げた。安倍政権のクアッドに一役買ったはずである。さらに豪州のAnthony Bergin博士が提案していた地域海洋調整センターの設置も私が強く押した。このセンターをパラオに置いたのも私の提案である。地政学上の必要性と、運用環境などが理由だ。




The Micronesian MARSEC Project and the Ship Building Concessions of the Nippon Foundation


It is an honour for the RAND Institute and ifri in France to take up the Micronesian Maritime Security project, which I founded alone. But they are writing with false information from Japanese who are not involved in this project. This has implications for future Indo-Pacific security policy, so I would like to write down the truth, as I have actually launched and promoted this project.


The Micronesian Maritime Security Project, which was launched in 2008, started when Yohei Sasakawa published my idea as his own opinon in a newspaper. The same idea was requested to me to implement it by Mr Hanyu former vice Minister of MLIT. These two men knew nothing about Pacific island countries or maritime security. They made the right decision to entrust me with this project. The Foundation has no one who knows about Pacific Island countries or has experience in setting up projects in the field other than me.

Then what did Sasakawa and Hanyu, who knew nothing about Pacific island countries or maritime security, expect? They were expecting shipbuilding concessions as well as new MLIT and Coast Guard concessions. I was told this directly by the Hanyu himself.

"The Nippon Foundation has a surplus budget for shipbuilding. I'll use this."

This is the reality of Aid? I was saddened to hear this level of response after having gone to the effort to have the presidents of the three Micronesian countries request it.

Even if we provide the ships, the national budgets of the island countries are not enough to maintain and operate them. The US and Australian navies, which know the region well, were opposed to this, but JCG and MLIT staff pushed providing the vessels. Fortunately, Mr Hanyu listened to my advice. I told him, "If you are going to provide ships, you have to provide fuel, maintenance, personnel training, and everything else, or ship will soon be a useless."

In addition to the provision of the ship, the decision was made to provide support on a ten-year basis. Billions of yen would still fall to the Japanese shipbuilding industry and related organisations. Tied aid is fine. As long as the substance is good for recipient countries.

Meanwhile, on my initiative, I set up a study group inviting US and Australian experts and national legislators (such as the late Australian Senator Russel Trood) to study security policy in the region. This should have played a role in the Abe Quad. I also pushed hard for the establishment of a Regional Marine Coordination Centre, as proposed by Dr Anthony Bergin of Australia. It was also my suggestion that this centre be located in Palau. The reasons were geopolitical necessity and the operational environment.

The US Ambassador once told me about the Japan Coast Guard official who arranged the provision of the surveillance vessel “They can only discuss the size and function of the vessel. It is the first time I have discussed security policy with you."


Again, unfortunately, the Japanese Government is neither leading nor involved in this project. Even within the foundation, I was opposed to the project, but I carried it out on my own. That is why it is important to provide guidance to Japanese government officials.