CH-47 Chinook helicopters. GlobalSecurity.org photo.

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 the military end of UN operations. But that’s just me.

Apparently Hatoyama has been pretty hot to get this mission going.

According to sources close to the Defense Ministry, the government had sought at the end of last year to send peacekeeping troops to Sudan ahead of the country’s presidential election held earlier this month. However, the plan was abandoned due to a lack of a preparation period and other reasons.

Delayed six months? I imagine the Futenma issue has sort of dominated Japan’s foreign policy agenda.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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