Japan Tests Expanded Mandate for Self-Defense Forces in South Sudan

Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces arrive to take part in the U.N. Mission in South Sudan, Juba, South Sudan, Nov. 21, 2016 (AP photo by Justin Lynch).
Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces arrive to take part in the U.N. Mission in South Sudan, Juba, South Sudan, Nov. 21, 2016 (AP photo by Justin Lynch).

A new, expanded mandate for the Japanese military, known as the Self-Defense Forces (SDF), participating in the United Nations mission in South Sudan went into force Monday. Japanese soldiers are now allowed to rescue humanitarian workers under attack and play a larger role in protecting U.N. camps. In an email interview, Ippeita Nishida, a research fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, discusses the Japanese military’s overseas activities. WPR: What U.N. and multilateral security missions is Japan participating in, and what is public opinion toward participating in them? Ippeita Nishida: Japan has a 350-strong SDF engineering unit and some staff officers […]

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