Feb 24, 2015

Japanese troops won't be sent to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

The Defense Ministry is dropping its plan to send Ground Self-Defense Force personnel to Sierra Leone to help the West African nation fight Ebola, government sources said. The ministry had planned to start the GSDF operation in April. The plan now appears difficult in ...

Dec 31, 2013

Integrated operation of GSDF intelligence, special units being mulled

The Ground Self-Defense Force has been studying the idea of jointly operating its secret intelligence unit and special units to engage in overseas hostage rescues, infiltrations, target surveillance and base attacks since around 2008, former senior defense officials said Monday. The existence of the ...

Nov 19, 2013

Japan ready to send GSDF trio as arms inspectors in Syria

The government said Tuesday it is prepared to supply three Ground Self-Defense Force members to an international chemical weapons watchdog, should they be needed as inspectors in the mission to eliminate a stockpile of such arms from Syria. “Given that international efforts are currently ...