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Cabinet agrees to allow SDF to conduct “rush to the rescue” operations in South Sudan

  • November 16, 2016
  • , Asahi
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Most papers gave top play to reports on the Abe cabinet’s decision on Tuesday to allow GSDF troops on a PKO mission in South Sudan to conduct “rush to the rescue” operations. The papers expressed different opinions on the decision. Asahi expressed clear opposition in an editorial, arguing that assigning the new duties to the SDF is unacceptable because South Sudan is in a state of civil war and Japan should make additional efforts to provide humanitarian assistance. Tokyo Shimbun argued that the operations are “dangerous” and could lead to Japan’s use of force overseas, which is banned under the Constitution. Mainichi argued in an editorial that the decision to actually conduct “rush to the rescue” operations should be made very carefully, urging the GOJ to closely monitor the security situation in South Sudan. Yomiuri commented that the GOJ’s decision is significant because it will allow Japan to fulfill its international responsibilities more actively.

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