Japan to send 1,000 SDF troops to typhoon-hit Philippines


The government is preparing to send as many as 1,000 Self-Defense Forces troops for emergency relief work in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Wednesday.

The government plans to dispatch the SDF troops as soon as it receives an official request from Manila.

The dispatch, to include three warships, transport aircraft and helicopters, is set to be the biggest-ever SDF relief mission overseas.

“We are preparing for large-scale assistance in the transport of supplies, which is expected to be needed there,” Onodera told reporters.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the defense minister to get the SDF fully ready for relief missions in the Philippines.