Last Japanese peacekeepers exit South Sudan

May 26, 2017

Last Japanese peacekeepers exit South Sudan

The last Japanese peacekeepers with a United Nations mission have left South Sudan. The team was Japan’s first with an expanded mandate to use force if necessary to protect civilians and U.N. staff. Japan decided in March to end its peacekeeping mission in the ...

May 16, 2017

Japan to donate peacekeeping equipment, supplies used in South Sudan to U.N.

The government will donate heavy equipment and supplies used in peacekeeping activities in South Sudan to the United Nations, officials said Tuesday. The equipment procured for about ¥2.7 billion ($23.8 million) for Self-Defense Forces troops stationed in the war-torn African country includes bulldozers, hydraulic ...

Japanese troops withdrawing from South Sudan mission: U.N.

Apr 18, 2017

Japanese troops withdrawing from South Sudan mission: U.N.

Japan on Monday started withdrawing its troops from a U.N. mission in war battered South Sudan, according to an official, a move coinciding with escalating violence in a conflict where killings have been described as genocide. The 350-strong Japanese military contingent, which has been ...

Defense chief orders SDF pullout from South Sudan

Mar 24, 2017

Defense chief orders SDF pullout from South Sudan

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday ordered the Self-Defense Forces to begin their withdrawal from South Sudan, where they were deployed for five years as part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission. The fledgling African country gained independence from Sudan in 2011, and the Ground ...

Mar 21, 2017

SDF peacekeepers' logs fiasco

Public trust in the Self-Defense Forces will be undermined if it turns out the SDF intentionally concealed its South Sudan peacekeeping records.