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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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