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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
  • English Press

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Editorial: Caution needed over new GSDF mission abroad

A Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) unit is set to launch a difficult mission in South Sudan under harsh security circumstances there.   The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has approved a plan to send the GSDF engineering unit, which will shortly be deployed for U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan, on a “rush and rescue” mission. Under such an….Read more

  • November 16, 2016
  • , The Mainichi
  • English Press

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Commentary: PKO and rush-to-rescue mission

SDF’s authorized role catches up with reality   Retired Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) Lt. Gen. Hiroshi Yamamoto, former commander of the GSDF Central Readiness Force (CRF)   When the SDF was deployed to South Sudan for the first time, I was in charge of the units dispatched there as the CRF commander.   I might be misunderstood for saying something about the….Read more

  • November 15, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 15
  • JMH Translation

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Editorial: Flimsy argument to approve SDF’s rescue missions in South Sudan

The Shinzo Abe Cabinet on Nov. 15 gave the green light to the Ground Self-Defense Force to engage in “kaketsuke-keigo” and other missions in United Nations peacekeeping operations in South Sudan. Kaketsuke-keigo literally means “rushing (to distant places) to protect and rescue (people).”   We renew our objection to assigning this additional duty to the GSDF in South Sudan, which….Read more

  • November 16, 2016
  • , Asahi , 13:25
  • English Press

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Cabinet agrees to allow SDF to conduct “rush to the rescue” operations in South Sudan

Most papers gave top play to reports on the Abe cabinet’s decision on Tuesday to allow GSDF troops on a PKO mission in South Sudan to conduct “rush to the rescue” operations. The papers expressed different opinions on the decision. Asahi expressed clear opposition in an editorial, arguing that assigning the new duties to the SDF is unacceptable because South….Read more

  • November 16, 2016
  • , Asahi
  • JMH Summary

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

New mission significant for ensuring SDF safety: Inada

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada responded to a Yomiuri Shimbun interview ahead of cabinet approval of a plan to allow the Self-Defense Forces to conduct an additional mission.   Q: What is the significance of assigning the SDF to carry out “rush-to-the-rescue” operations as an additional mission?   Inada: First and foremost, “rush-to-the-rescue” operations will be conducted in response to an urgent request.….Read more

  • November 15, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 7
  • JMH Translation

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Cabinet to approve “rush to the rescue” operations in South Sudan

All papers reported that the GOJ plans to officially approve today plans to allow SDF personnel bound for South Sudan on a UN peacekeeping mission to conduct “rush to the rescue” operations designed to assist UN officials and aid workers if they come under attack. The SDF members will also be allowed to defend their living quarters in cooperation with….Read more

  • November 15, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
  • JMH Summary

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Japan conducts defense drill to fight illegal entry of armed fishermen

Japan’s Self-Defense Forces, coast guard and police have conducted their first joint drill to cope with an illegal entry of armed fishermen on a remote island, a government source said Saturday, amid tension with China over a group of islands in the East China Sea.   The exercise was held on an island in Kagoshima Prefecture Friday as Chinese government….Read more

  • November 13, 2016
  • , Kyodo News , 09:02
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TV PROGRAMS > Nichiyo Toron

DM Inada comments on “rush to the rescue” duties

On NHK’s “Nichiyo Toron” debate program on Sunday, Defense Minister Inada talked about the “rush to the rescue” duties to be assigned to GSDF troops to be deployed to South Sudan. “There was no legal basis for them in the past, and there were situations in which SDF troops rescued people without any training,” said Inada. “With such situations in….Read more

  • November 13, 2016
  • , NHK
  • JMH Summary

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Legislation for monitoring land purchases by foreign capital to be submitted

In order to regulate land purchases by foreigners or foreign capital that might pose a security risk,  the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) decided on Nov. 8 to draft bills that will allow the government to survey lands around defense-related facilities such as those of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF).  The legislation will be initiated by lawmakers. The legislation is designed to allow the government to….Read more

  • November 9, 2016
  • , Sankei , Lead story
  • JMH Translation
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