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DM Inada comments on “rush to the rescue” duties

  • November 13, 2016
  • , NHK
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On NHK’s “Nichiyo Toron” debate program on Sunday, Defense Minister Inada talked about the “rush to the rescue” duties to be assigned to GSDF troops to be deployed to South Sudan. “There was no legal basis for them in the past, and there were situations in which SDF troops rescued people without any training,” said Inada. “With such situations in mind, we must establish a legal basis, train troops, and allow them to protect people who can be protected.” She also said: “From a humanitarian perspective, ‘rush to the rescue’ duties are meant to avoid leaving people who could be rescued to die. That is the purpose of our training. We must be fully aware of the significance and political responsibilities of assigning new duties to SDF troops.”

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