The first Filipina who studied in Japan National Defense Academy (JNDA) finished her studies and graduated last March 22 in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other dignitaries including Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel M. Lopez. A day after graduation, “Ambassador Lopez administered the oath-taking and donning of rank of Second Lieutenant Karen Eve E. Mante,” Philippine Embassy in Tokyo said.
Second Lieutenant Mante will join the Philippine Air Force. She “spent a year in the Philippine Military Academy before being sent by the Armed Forces of the Philippines to the JNDA as a full scholar. She spent five years of cadetship training in the JNDA, which since 1953 has produced officers for the Japan Self-Defense Forces,” the embassy added. “She was given an award as an outstanding cadet as well as a badge for excellence in physical training.”
There are currently seven Filipino cadets studying at the JNDA.
Also this month, Rex Eduard Custorio, the first Filipino sent to study in Republic of Korea Air Force Academy, graduated and will also join Philippine Air Force.