TOKYO — Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved the extension of a Self-Defense Forces personnel dispatch to the U.N. peacekeeping operation in South Sudan by another year beyond its May 31 expiration date.
The decision followed the adoption of a resolution at the U.N. Security Council in March that extended the mandate of the U.N. Mission in the Republic of South Sudan, or UNMISS, until March 15, 2023.
Japan has sent SDF personnel in noncombat roles to South Sudan since 2011, the year when the African nation gained independence in 2011 after more than 20 years of civil war. Currently, four SDF members are at the headquarters.
In May 2017, Japan ended its five-year deployment of Ground Self-Defense Force civil engineering units to UNMISS but continues to dispatch SDF officers to the mission’s headquarters.
Japan has taken part in U.N. peacekeeping operations for decades within the restrictions of its war-renouncing Constitution.