The Ministry of Defense announced on June 2 that it has registered transport support by the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) as a service that can be provided as a United Nations Peacekeeping Operation (PKO). The range of PKO activities was expanded in response to an increased need for transport of equipment and personnel.
The ministry registered transport by C-2 and C-130 transport aircraft in accordance with the UN Peacekeeping Capabilities Readiness System (PCRS) as of May 30. The UN will approach registered countries with regard to possible deployment. Deployment is not obligatory. The Japanese government will make a decision based on the Five Basic Principles governing PKO participation.
Defense minister Taro Kono said in the June 2 press conference that transport is an “area in which Japan can contribute,” and that it will contribute to the rapid deployment of other countries’ PKO units. The Japanese government registered the following personnel in 2016 for possible deployment: 1) facilities personnel; 2) military surveillance personnel; and 3) command personnel.