Table Top Exercise with ASEAN （30 January）
On 30 January, 14 people from ASEAN militaries as well as ASEAN secretariat visited NIDS to join Table Top Exercise (TTX) for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Reliefs (HA/DR). The TTX, which is a part of policy support projects by NIDS, is conducted by the policy simulation office in collaboration with the international policy division of the internal bureau, Joint Staff Office and Ground Self Defense Forces. The TTX aims at learning Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Multinational Coordination Center (MNCC), which was drafted by Japan and Laos between 2014 and 2017. TTX participants actively discussed roles and missions of MNCC in different phases of a Typhoon scenario and proposed many suggestions to further popularize SOP. Mr. Kenji Harada, State Minister of Defense, also visited TTX.