Japan - Southeast Asia
Chronology from Jan 2016 to May 2016
: Japanese destroyers JS Ariake and JS Setogiri proceed to Cam Ranh Bay for an historic goodwill visit and joint drills with the Vietnamese Navy.
: Japan sends the destroyer JS Ise to multinational exercises hosted by Indonesia in conjunction with a meeting of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium.
: Japanese training submarine JS Oyashio, accompanied by the destroyers JS Ariake and JS Setogiri dock in Subic Bay in the Philippines for a goodwill visit and confidence-building exercise.
: Philippines Defense Minister Voltaire Gazmin and Japanese Ambassador to Manila Ishikawa Kazuhide sign an agreement for Japan to supply defense equipment and technology to the Philippines. It is the first such agreement between Japan and a Southeast Asian country since Japan lifted its self-imposed ban on defense exports in 2014.
: Two Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3Cs, returning home from Djibouti, stop in Danang. It is the first time since World War II that Japanese military aircraft have landed in Vietnam.
: Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife Michiko visit the Philippines, marking the 60th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries.