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Japan’s first participation in UN PKO mission 23 years ago

  • August 13, 2016
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0815JW2“NHK Special” on Aug. 13 reported on an incident in northern Cambodia in 1993 in which a Japanese police officer participating in a UN peacekeeping operation was shot dead by Pol Pot guerrillas and four others were injured. This was the first time for Japan to take part in a UN PKO mission. Shunji Yanai, a former Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. who played a key role in drafting Japan’s international peace cooperation law in 1992 as MOFA director general of the Treaties Bureau, said there was a strong sense of urgency within the GOJ for Japan to make human contributions to UN PKO operations in addition to financial contributions to make its presence known in the international community. Although the Japanese peacekeepers had a strong sense of mission, they were put in great danger.

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