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Tenth Anniversary of UNDOF Participation

Transport operation in the Golan Heights
Transport operation in the Golan Heights
February this year marked the tenth anniversary of SDF participation in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), deployed in the Golan Heights of southwestern Syria. UNDOF was set up on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 350 to observe the cease-fire and disengagement of troops along the Israel-Syria border. Since January 1996 Japan has dispatched a total of about 900 SDF personnel to the Golan Heights to provide logistic support to UNDOF.

Chief of Staff Tsutomu Mori in TV conference with locals Logistics training

Japanese ambassador addressing UNDOF personnel at anniversary ceremony
upper left : Chief of Staff Tsutomu Mori in TV conference with locals

upper right : Logistics training

left : Japanese ambassador addressing UNDOF personnel at anniversary ceremony

Two Years of Reconstruction Assistance in Iraq

Two years have passed since the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) initiated humanitarian and reconstruction assistance activities in and around Samawah, in southern Iraq, in February 2004. So far GSDF personnel have undertaken about 120 projects. At present they are engaged chiefly in improving the water supply network and building up a medical network in the Samawah area. The motto guiding all GSDF reconstruction assistance activities in Iraq is "View things through the eyes of the Iraqi people."

Interacting with children
Interacting with children
Bricklaying
Bricklaying

GSDF group chief chatting with a schoolgirl
GSDF group chief chatting with a schoolgirl
Work meeting
Work meeting

Disaster Relief for Snow-Affected Regions of Japan

2nd Regiment at work, Myoko City
2nd Regiment at work, Myoko City
This winter, starting in December 2005, parts of northern Japan experienced record-breaking snowfalls. Locally based SDF teams were sent to Hokkaido and the Tohoku and Joetsu regions to provide relief to residents. SDF activities ranged from helping elderly people living alone remove snow from the roofs of their houses to airlifting supplies to communities cut off by heavy snow. The relief activities covered 20 days altogether and involved a total of about 4,200 personnel.

21st Regiment clearing snow, Akita City
21st Regiment clearing snow, Akita City
21st Regiment, Akita City
21st Regiment, Akita City