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Japan mulls sending GSDF personnel to peacekeeping mission on Sinai Peninsula

  • September 18, 2018
  • , Asahi
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Tuesday’s Asahi led with a report saying that it has learned from several GOJ sources that the GOJ is considering dispatching two GSDF members to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) operating on the Sinai Peninsula to oversee activities of the Israeli and Egyptian forces. The paper noted that if the deployment is realized, this will be the first time for Japan to send SDF personnel to a multinational peacekeeping operation under the new security legislation enacted in 2015 to expand the scope of SDF activities overseas. According to the sources, the GOJ will make a final decision on whether to send the SDF personnel to the MFO following an onsite safety inspection by a team of officials from MOFA, MOD, and other government agencies. Tuesday’s Mainichi and Monday’s Sankei ran similar reports, with Sankei saying that the GOJ plans to dispatch GSDF personnel to the command center of the MFO early next year or later and that the GOJ is hoping that the deployment of GSDF personnel to the command center will help expand the scope of the GSDF’s international experience and contributions.

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