peacekeeping
First Application of Japan's New Arms Exports Principles to a PKO

First Application of Japan’s New Arms Exports Principles to a PKO

One of the many justifications that the Japanese government referred to in revising Japan’s weapons export restrictions was the potential to assist nations being rebuilt after a conflict or humanitarian disaster.  Previously the SDF was unable to leave behind any heavy machinery or other equipment that may have been useful to such nations. Today, the...

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Recent SDF Deployments News

Recent SDF Deployments News

There have been three notable pieces of news regarding SDF deployments in the past week: Tornado Relief A tornado struck the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, as well as other locations in Ibaraki and Tochigi on Sunday May 6th, damaging around 2000 buildings with surprisingly only one death (a 14 year old boy) and over...

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Meet the new Japanese defense minister, probably worse than the old one.

Meet the new Japanese defense minister, probably worse than the old one.

One of the few genuine improvements that one could have hoped would come out of the most recent cabinet reshuffle in Japan was that the new defense minister would be an improvement over the previous one. The previous defense minister, Ichikawa Yasuo, got off to a stunning start by declaring himself to be an “amateur”...

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Will the South Sudan PKO mission push SDF constraints?

Will the South Sudan PKO mission push SDF constraints?

The DPJ is opening the door to discussions on revising the restrictions on the SDF under the current PKO law ahead of it joining the UN mission in South Sudan, where oil interests are at stake.

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South Sudan PKO: GSDF Engineers to Go to Capital?

South Sudan PKO: GSDF Engineers to Go to Capital?

The Sankei reports on the shape of plans to send GSDF engineers to South Sudan on UN peacekeeping duties.

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Japan Wants to Send SDF Engineers to South Sudan

Japan Wants to Send SDF Engineers to South Sudan

The Noda administration plans to send up to 300 engineers to the South Sudan, in a plan that will be announced next week in New York.

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The SDF in South Sudan

The SDF in South Sudan

The previous post on Japan’s SDF potentially taking part in a new peacekeeping operation in South Sudan led to some useful discussion in the comments section. The issue was back on the agenda this week with Ban Ki-moon touching down in Japan and requesting Japanese participation. To be clear, the South Sudan mission would be...

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Japanese International Peacekeeping Missions [Youtube Friday]

Japanese International Peacekeeping Missions [Youtube Friday]

The following video comes in English courtesy of the Ministry of Defense. It’s a piece of propaganda, of course, but it is a pretty detailed overview of the SDF’s activities around the world. I’d say “Enjoy!” but it’s not that kind of video:

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South Sudan and Japan's 'international contribution'

South Sudan and Japan’s ‘international contribution’

When South Sudan became the world’s newest nation this past weekend UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon made an appeal for Japanese assistance for the UN Peacekeeping mission that will take place in South Sudan. Ban requested SDF helicopters in particular for the purposes of transferring 7-8000 peacekeeping operations personnel within the nation. Praising the...

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Gov't: Increase Japan's Participation in U.N. Missions

Gov’t: Increase Japan’s Participation in U.N. Missions

A government panel studying the role of the SDF in peacekeeping has recommended it increase participation in U.N. missions wo

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UN: Send GSDF to Southern Sudan

UN: Send GSDF to Southern Sudan

The United Nations is asking for Japan to send Ground Self-Defense Force members to Southern Sudan to take part in peacekeeping operations (PKO) there, Japanese news reports. This comes ahead of the region’s separation and independence from Sudan on July 9th, at which point UN PKO in effect there will be reorganized.  The UN has...

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Yomiuri Provides More Details on Djibouti Base

Yomiuri Provides More Details on Djibouti Base

Foreign Ministry official: Djibouti base will make it easier for the SDF to cooperate with U.S. counterterrorism operation. Being able to swiftly deploy SDF forces to trouble spots for PKO can contribute to the security of neighboring nations.

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