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Japan to use GSDF helicopters to evacuate Japanese nationals from Korea

Sunday’s Sankei gave top play to a report saying that it has learned from several GOJ sources that the GOJ has developed a plan to mobilize GSDF CH-47 helicopters to transport Japanese nationals from Busan, South Korea, to Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture, in the event of a contingency on the Korean Peninsula. The paper wrote that the GOJ also plans to mobilize ASDF aircraft and MSDF ships for non-combatant evacuation operations (NEO) as an integrated mission between the three branches of the SDF. However, the ROK government has refused to discuss such operations with the Japanese government.

 

In a related report, the paper wrote on Saturday that the South Korean government has been refusing to discuss NEO plans with nations other than the United States. According to the paper, the GOJ is studying the idea of holding discussions with the ROK as part of a coalition with such nations as Canada and Australia.

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