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Defense ministry acknowledges existence of activity logs of GSDF troops in South Sudan

  • February 8, 2017
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Asahi and Tokyo Shimbun front-paged reports on the Defense Ministry’s announcement on Tuesday that it has found the daily activity logs of GSDF troops in South Sudan from between July 7 and 12, 2016, when a large-scale clash between government forces and rebels erupted in the nation’s capital of Juba, retracting its earlier explanation that all the logs had been discarded. Defense Minister Inada stated at a news conference on Tuesday that the ministry found the digital data of the daily reports at the Joint Staff office when it expanded the search in response to a request from LDP lawmaker Taro Kono. Inada stated that the ministry’s earlier response was insufficient, but denied any intention to conceal information. Asahi wrote that the logs suggest that the ministry was aware of the potential risk of GSDF troops becoming involved in a dangerous situation in South Sudan.

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