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Rapid rescue of foreign troops to be added as GSDF mission

The government plans to add “rushing to the aid of foreign troops” as an additional mission of the Ground-Self Defense Force (GSDF) units, which are scheduled to deploy to South Sudan in November to participate in the UN peacekeeping operations (PKO). The Defense Ministry intends to accelerate preparation for the deployment by providing the replacement units with the necessary training….Read more

  • August 18, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 3
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SDF in South Sudan impacted by local instability

“Five principles” must be fulfilled in accordance with Constitutional restrictions in order for the Japanese Self-Defense Force (SDF) to participate in a peace keeping operation (PKO). The principles include the existence of a peace agreement among involved parties as a condition for participation in the operation.   Currently, roughly 350 SDF personnel are engaging in the PKO in South Sudan,….Read more

  • August 14, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 3
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Japan issues intercept order for potential North Korean missile launches

All papers wrote that the GOJ issued an order on Aug. 8 for the SDF to shoot down any projectile heading toward Japan in preparation for potential North Korean missile launches in the future. The order will be effective for the next three months and is renewable. The order, which was issued by Defense Minister Inada, is intended to ensure….Read more

  • August 9, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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GOJ to arrange training for SDF personnel to come to defense of those in peril abroad

Several papers wrote today that the GOJ is set to arrange training drills starting this month for SDF troops bound for South Sudan in November on UN peacekeeping missions so as to allow them to come to the defense of UN officials, private aid workers, and foreign troops if they are attacked by insurgents. Noting that such operations are now….Read more

  • August 7, 2016
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SDF unit in Juba resumes activities outside facility

The Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that an engineering unit of the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) has resumed activities outside its facility in South Sudan. The unit, which is taking part in United Nation’s Peacekeeping Operations (PKO), began road maintenance work at the UN base 6.5 km away from the SDF facility in Juba.   After July 7, the….Read more

  • August 3, 2016
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Editorial: Is SDF’s joint defense of on-site camps constitutional?

With the enactment of the security laws, the restriction on the use of firearms was eased for the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) currently deploying to South Sudan to participate in the UN peacekeeping operations (PKO).   In order to help South Sudan become self-reliant, the government dispatched the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) to the country to participate in the PKO, beginning….Read more

  • July 24, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 5
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First F-35 to be delivered in October

Saturday morning’s Asahi reported that ASDF chief Sugiyama disclosed at a press briefing on Friday that the first Lockheed Martin F-35, which was chosen as the ASDF’s next-generation fighter, will be delivered to Japan in October. According to the ASDF, Japan will introduce 42 F-35s to replace its F-4s, and four of them are scheduled for delivery during the current….Read more

  • July 23, 2016
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JCP said “GSDF conducts exercises for killing people”

  On July 19, the Sankei Shimbun learned that a group, comprised of the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) members of the Nara Prefectural Assembly and others, wrote in its 2015 October flyers that “the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) conducts exercises for killing people.” The group made this comment in response to the Nara Prefectural government’s desire to invite a GSDF….Read more

  • July 20, 2016
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Japan facing a difficult situation in carrying out PKO in South Sudan

Relations have remained strained between two forces in Juba, the capital of South Sudan where Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) members have been carrying out UN-sponsored peace-keeping operations (PKO). Reportedly, more than 3,000 people died in July. Japanese people, including members of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), were evacuated. Although the government is determined not to withdraw GSDF troops….Read more

  • July 17, 2016
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DM Nakatani says GSDF will continue PKO in South Sudan

In a press conference on July 12, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani expressed his intention to keep the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) on the ground for the time being and continue its UN peacekeeping operation (PKO) in South Sudan, despite heightened tension there. “The five principles in participating in the PKO [five conditions for deploying the SDF to PKO overseas] remain….Read more

  • July 13, 2016
  • , Sankei , p. 5
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