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Japanese Defense Ministry hit by cyberattack, info may have leaked

The Japanese Defense Ministry and the Self-Defense Forces discovered in September that their shared communication network had suffered a cyberattack that enabled a hacker to penetrate the Ground Self-Defense Force’s computer system, ministry sources said Sunday.   Some information may have been leaked in the incident, with an organized attacker such as a nation state strongly suspected, but the full….Read more

  • November 28, 2016
  • , Kyodo News
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MSDF to downsize anti-piracy operations off Somalia

The Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) plans to downsize the unit currently deployed to waters off Somalia in eastern Africa to conduct anti-piracy operations. The MSDF has constantly deployed two destroyers to the area since 2009, but only one destroyer left Japan on Nov. 20 to replace the unit currently in operation. The downsizing is necessary because the MSDF requires more destroyers to respond to….Read more

  • November 22, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 3
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SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Majority opposed to “rush to the rescue” operations by SDF

Asahi front-paged the results of its latest public opinion poll showing that some 56% expressed opposition to the GOJ’s decision to allow SDF personnel in South Sudan to undertake “rush to the rescue” operations, while 28% were in favor of it.

  • November 22, 2016
  • , Asahi
  • JMH Summary

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

New webpage created on Kantei website to explain GSDF’s new duties

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada issued an order on Nov. 18 assigning the new duties of “rushing to the rescue” and “joint defense of camps” to the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) troops to be sent to South Sudan for UN peacekeeping operations (PKO). In light of the uncertain security situation in South Sudan, the people are still concerned about these new….Read more

  • November 19, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 2
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GSDF headquarters to be jointly used with U.S. forces

Next fiscal year, the Ground Self-Defense Force will establish a new organization, tentatively named the Ground Central Command (GCC), at Camp Asaka, a GSDF garrison straddling Tokyo’s Nerima Ward and the three Saitama prefectural cities of Asaka, Wako, and Niiza. With the establishment of the new command, the headquarters of the GSDF’s Central Readiness Force (CRF) (Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture)….Read more

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GSDF members leave for South Sudan

All papers reported on Monday that a GSDF contingent of 130 personnel left Aomori yesterday for South Sudan, where they are expected to engage in UN peacekeeping operations. The papers noted that together with the 220 troops who will depart for the African nation later, the personnel will carry out engineering work through May 2017. They may be ordered to….Read more

  • November 21, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo
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SDF chief of staff welcomes assignment of new duties to GSDF in South Sudan

At his regular news conference on Nov. 17, Self-Defense Forces (SDF) Chief of Staff Katsutoshi Kawano welcomed the cabinet decision to assign the new rush-to-the-rescue duty based on the security laws to the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) troops deployed in South Sudan for UN peacekeeping operations (PKO). He said: “That’s how things ought to be.”   With regard to the….Read more

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47% opposed to assigning rush-to-the-rescue missions to SDF, Jiji Press poll

According to the November Jiji Press opinion poll conducted on Nov. 10–13, some 47.4% of respondents are opposed to assigning “rush-to-the-rescue [kaketsuke keigo]” missions to Ground Self-Defense Forces dispatched to South Sudan to participate in United Nations peacekeeping operations (PKO). Only 28.2% said they approve of the new assignment while some 24.5% said they “don’t know.”   With the coming….Read more

  • November 18, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

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Full text of gov’t stance on rush-to-the-rescue operations

The following is the full text of the government’s “basic stance” on the assignment of a new mission of rush-to-the-rescue operations:   <Presupposition> The South Sudan police and the South Sudanese government forces are in principle responsible for maintaining security in South Sudan. Though troops dispatched for the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) play a….Read more

  • November 16, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 6
  • JMH Translation

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Editorial: GSDF unit must perform new rescue mission while ensuring its safety

Because of legal restrictions, Self-Defense Forces personnel can do nothing but abandon civilians who are nearby and appealing for help despite being capable of rescuing them. It is significant that this kind of absurdity will be eliminated.   The government has decided, on the basis of security-related laws, to give a mission to a Ground Self-Defense Force unit that is….Read more

  • November 16, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 7:51 pm
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