Dec 21, 2015

SDF peacekeeper rescues not to be added to missions for now

The Abe administration has decided that Self-Defense Forces personnel will not be ordered to rescue endangered participants of U.N. peacekeeping operations, at least for now, according to government and other sources. The security legislation enacted in September allows the SDF to rescue participants in ...

Jan 17, 2014

South Korean peacekeepers return ammo to Japan via UNMISS

Some 10,000 rifle cartridges supplied by Japan to South Korean peacekeepers in South Sudan last month have been returned via the U.N. Mission in South Sudan, or UNMISS, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. The cartridges were given back to Ground Self-Defense Force troops participating ...

Jan 14, 2014

U.N. request for Japan to transport troops, arms in South Sudan nixed

Japan has turned down a U.N. request to transport military personnel and weapons as part of its peacekeeping operations in crisis-hit South Sudan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. The administration was worried it would go against Japan’s policy of not exercising the ...

Dec 24, 2013

Abe defends S. Sudan ammo supply

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan’s provision of ammunition to U.N. peacekeeping forces in South Sudan is part of his administration’s “proactive” contribution to world peace.

SDF duty put on hold; unit starts aiding refugees

Dec 24, 2013

SDF duty put on hold; unit starts aiding refugees

Self-Defense Forces members participating in U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan have suspended their infrastructure building work and have started instead to provide support for displaced people seeking refuge from violence at U.N. facilities in the capital, Juba. Col. Kenichi Igawa of the Ground ...

Oct 15, 2013

GSDF mission to South Sudan extended for another year

The government said Tuesday it will extend the Ground Self-Defense Force mission in South Sudan as part of U.N. peacekeeping operations by one year after the current term expires Oct. 31. The number of GSDF personnel to be deployed will increase to 400 from ...