peacekeeping
Yomiuri: SDF to establish first overseas base

Yomiuri: SDF to establish first overseas base

Yomiuri: The government announced that the SDF will open its first forward-deployment base for its counter-piracy mission in Djibouti, East Africa, on June 1st.

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Samho Jewelry: Lessons for Japan

Samho Jewelry: Lessons for Japan

As Japan Security Watch has previously reported, the MSDF’s Kirisame (DD-104) and Yudachi (DD-103) destroyers are deployed in the Gulf of Aden as part of a multinational anti-piracy effort off the coast of Somalia. Japan’s deployment has so far given protection to 1,393 vessels of various flags. South Korea is also operating in the region...

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Japan taking a new look at peacekeeping operations stance

Philip Shetler Jones writes in with a tip about a new government panel to address peacekeeping operations (PKO): The PM’s office is establishing a panel on PKO, similar to the ‘kondankai’ set up to look at the Taiko, but including former Defense and MOFA officials. It is said to be taking account of the changes...

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Japan extendeds Somali piracy mission by one year

The Self-Defense Forces anti-piracy mission to the Gulf of Aden, which normally consists of two destroyers, a fleet oiler, two P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, and a special forces boarding party, has been extended for a period of one year. The mission was set to end July 23rd. The antipiracy law, which took effect in...

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Defense Minister Kitazawa doesn’t want to “do the Sudan thing”

Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa has told Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada he “doesn’t want to do the Sudan thing”. That “thing” is dispatching 4 CH-47 helicopters and 300 personnel to move ballots and election supervisors during the upcoming Sudanese elections. Total cost to move 4 heavy lift helicopters and 300 personnel from Japan to the Sudan,...

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GSDF helicopters to the Sudan–not so fast.

GSDF helicopters to the Sudan–not so fast.

  The Hatoyama government wanted to send several CH-47 Chinook helicopters to the Sudan to assist in the upcoming elections, as previously reported here. The Foreign Ministry would still like to do it, but the Defense Ministry is concerned the situation won’t be stable enough for the helicopters to operate safely. A referendum on the...

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SDF General Measures Law proposal

Corey Wallace at Sigma1 has an excellent post on something that has not been really covered in the English-speaking media (which is why I’ve totally missed it.) The LDP is proposing a permanent law, superseding previous stop-gap laws, governing Self Defense Force deployments overseas. Dispatch of SDF forces would be acceptable under these circumstances: (1)  When...

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Japan, Australia finalize logistics deal

The Japan – Australia logistics deal first mentioned here in March is now official. The Japan-Australia Acquisition and Cross-servicing Agreement, or ACSA, is intended to promote closer cooperation between the Australian Defense Force and the Self-Defense Forces of Japan in disaster relief, peacekeeping operations and humanitarian missions. Under the new framework, Japanese and Australian troops...

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Japan, the #2 economy in the world, #85 in peacekeeping.

Hat tip to ROK Drop on this one. Click to enlarge. “With great power comes great responsibility.” Not necessarily.

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GSDF Chinooks to the Sudan?

GSDF Chinooks to the Sudan?

The Japanese government is sending a survey team to Sudan, to see if the Ground Self Defense Force can send helicopters there in support of United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). The helicopters would be GSDF CH-47 Chinooks. No word about how many. I don’t know much about UNMIS. Personally, I don’t get too excited about...

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Japan and peacekeeping, a policy emerges?

The Japan Times has an interesting article on Japan and peacekeeping missions, particularly as to how the Democratic Party of Japan and and the Social Democratic Party view them. Consider this a bellwether for the future. Part of the problem with Japanese peacekeeping missions is that the rules of participation are so strict that participation...

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Who contributes more troops to UN peacekeeping missions than Japan?

A small sampling. Remember, Japan is 84th in contributions to peacekeeping, so there are many more. Albania. Burundi. Cambodia. Cameroon. Chad. China. Croatia. Ecuador. Guinea. Ireland. Mali. Namibia. Paraguay. Romania. Slovakia. South Korea. Tunisia. Zimbabwe. All of those countries contribute more to peacekeeping than Japan. I freely admit to cherry picking the more humiliating ones....

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